Top 10 comics news from Comic-Con 2015


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  • Thursday, 23 Jul 2015

Bat days are coming: News that Frank Miller is returning to DC Comics to write The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, the second sequel to his critically acclaimed The Dark Knight Returns series is the biggest news (aside from the trailer leak for that movie about some suicide squad) at Comic-Con 2015.


 It's been less than two weeks since the biggest comic and pop culture convention in the world – Comic-Con International in San Diego (SDCC) – ended, and we’re still digesting all the news that came out from the event.

We reckon you’ve probably already seen all the Star Wars, Batman vs Superman trailers (and maybe even the Suicide Squad and leaked Deadpool ones), so this week, we’ll focus on news about comics instead.

As expected, Marvel and DC had the lion’s share of announcements, panels and news.

Batman, in particular, looks set to have an extremely busy year ahead of him, with new titles, new movies, new stories, and even new crossovers coming up.

No surprise then, that the Caped Crusader features quite heavily on this list of 10 things we are excited about from Comic-Con ...

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1. The Dark Knight returns ... again

One of the most hotly anticipated titles this year is The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, the second sequel to Frank Miller’s critically acclaimed The Dark Knight Returns series. At SDCC, DC announced the artists for the eight-issue mini-series – Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson, who will be joining writers Miller and Brian Azzarello on the project. Janson, of course, was the inker on the original 1986 series; Kubert recently worked on Bat-books Batman: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader? and Batman And Son; and having done the gritty crime series 100 Bullets, Azzarello might just be the person to help Miller discard the spectre of the last TDKR sequel – the abomination that was The Dark Knight Strikes Again. 

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2. Grant Morrison explores the DC Multiverse

With the DC Multiverse alive and kicking following the Convergence event, comics maestro Grant Morrison is following up his critically acclaimed The Multiversity series with an original graphic novel exploring the DC Multiverse – Multiversity Too. He will also be involved in the Batman: Black & White anthology.

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3. DC’s divergence

DC Comics’ post-Convergence push is rumbling on with intent, with three new series – Superman: Lois And Clark, Telos, and Titan Hunt – launching in October to go with the publisher’s burgeoning list of titles. There will also be a new weekly Batman series (yes, him again) taking Batman Eternal’s place, Batman & Robin Eternal by superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV; and a major Robin War crossover with all the Batman titles.

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Batman and his new allies prepares to ambush the pizza delivery guy.
Batman and his new allies prepares to ambush the pizza delivery guy. Cowabunga?

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4. Batman versus The Avengers (no, not that Avengers) and Turtles... wha?

Sorry to dash your hopes of seeing the Dark Knight fight Iron Man, but it’s not Marvel’s Avengers he’s going to be up against. Instead, Bruce Wayne will be meeting British gentleman spy John Steed and his partner Emma Peel, from the 1960s British TV series The Avengers. Oh, it’s not even the usual brooding Batman you’ll be getting, but the goofy Adam West one, as the crossover will be between DC’s Batman ’66 and Boom Studio’s Steed & Mrs Peel titles.

If you think that sounds far-fetched, wait till you hear what other title Batman will be crossing over with – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Yes, the Dark Knight will chowing down pizzas with the heroes in a half shell in a six-issue Batman/TMNT crossover created by James Tynion IV and Freddie E. Williams II. Holy Cowabunga, Batman!

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5. Milestone Media is back, y'all

Founded in 1993, Milestone was a comics publisher that focused on black artists and writers, with a universe full of black superheroes, one of whom is the popular Static. The company has been defunct since 1997, but DC Comics announced at SDCC that they were bringing back the Milestone characters as part of Earth-M. With diversity in comics a big issue now, this is a great move on the part of the publisher.

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Does the news of Static and his Milestone Media cohorts returning to DC shock you?
Does the news of Static and his Milestone Media cohorts returning to DC shock you?

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6. Vertigo gets going

Not to be left out, DC’s creator-driven imprint Vertigo will also have a full slate this coming year. The imprint announced 12 new titles that will debut from October, which includes books from Vertigo alumni like Mike Allred, Peter Milligan, Darwyn Cooke, and Gilbert Hernandez, as well as first-time Vertigo creators Holly Black, Lauren Beukes and Gail Simone. Besides Allred and Shaun Simon’s Art Ops (about the Mona Lisa escaping from her frame and a team of “Art Ops” being sent to retrieve her) and Hernandez and Cooke’s The Twilight Children, we’re also pretty excited over a brand new Lucifer series by Black and Lee Garbett; and Jacked, written by Eric Kripke, creator of long-running TV series Supernatural.

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7. All-New, All-Different Marvel

We’re only halfway through Secret Wars, but Marvel is already pushing its post-Secret Wars titles.

There will be new #1s for Ms Marvel, The Unbeatable Squirrel and Captain Marvel, new titles for old characters like The Astonishing Ant-Man, New Avengers, Invincible Iron Man, and Angela: Angel From Hel. The one we’re really looking forward to, however, is the new Doctor Strange title, written by Jason Aaron. And oh, Totally Awesome Hulk, which features an “all-new Hulk”, with a “little spike at the top of his head”, according to Marvel editor Tom Brevoort. And then there’s that new Uncanny Avengers team, which includes Steve Rogers, Spider-Man, Rogue, Quicksilver, and ... Deadpool? This won’t end well.

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8. The Force stays strong

With its current line-up of Star Wars comics dominating the best-seller lists, Marvel is striking while its blaster is still hot and rolling out more titles. Fans can now look forward to a new Chewbacca limited series by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto (we can’t wait to see Noto’s art on this), as well as a major crossover between its two flagship titles – Star Wars and Star Wars: Darth Vader – titled Vader Down.

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9. Korra’s legend continues

Are you a fan of the Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon series? Were you sad to see the end of the Legend Of Korra spin-off of that show? Well, you can soon continue following Korra’s adventures in a new Legend Of Korra comic series, written by Avatar co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino, and published by Dark Horse Comics.

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10. Joss Whedon gives comics a Twist

He may not be directing the Avengers anymore, but that doesn’t mean Joss Whedon is abandoning his comic-book roots. He announced a new title at SDCC – Twist – which he calls his “Victorian, female Batman” book. “It’s a Victorian thriller about a meek chambermaid who is fed to a dark horror, but instead of dying, she returns, with knowledge, power, and rage she can neither deny nor control,” he said in an interview. We can’t wait.

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