MARVEL ANNOUNCES MARK WAID’S S.H.I.E.L.D. AND MORE AT NEXT BIG THING PANEL
Marvel really likes to spread its announcements around at San Diego Comic-Con, and that’s never more evident than at the publisher’s final panel of the weekend, which it calls ‘Next Big Thing’, possibly because Columbo has a prior claim on using the phrase, ‘One More Thing,’ just as you’re getting ready to leave.
The major new announcement out of the Next Big Thing panel is that Marvel is finally going to publish a new S.H.I.E.L.D. book (which I’ll henceforth refer to as SHIELD, because no-one has time for that much punctuation). Mark Waid will write the new series, with Carlos Pacheco on issue one and a rotating team of artists thereafter. Agent Phil “Cheese” Coulson will be the book’s lead, and each issue will tell a self-contained story.
I, VADER: KIERON GILLEN & SALVADOR LARROCA TALK ‘STAR WARS: DARTH VADER’ [INTERVIEW]
By Andy Khouri
Few in the Star Wars universe are more enigmatic, more revered, or more quoted than Darth Vader. And yet, despite being introduced to Vader’s conflicted adolescence and troubled past in George Lucas’ most recent film trilogy, we are still not fully aware of who the galaxy’s most sinister villain really is beneath that obsidian faceplate. Sure, some of us root for the rebels. Some align with the Empire. But we all, without a doubt, want to peek under the mask of the most interesting villain in the universe; especially during that mysterious time between the first Death Star’s destruction and The Empire Strikes Back.
Now we finally get more pieces of the personality puzzle with a story taking place during a time when Vader’s vengeful thirst for power solidifies. It’s a period explored before in various Expanded Universe stories, but never before by Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked + The Divine) and Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, Uncanny Avengers). Their new ongoing series, Star Wars: Darth Vader, is one of three new series announced by Marvel at Comic-Con International in San Diego over the weekend, the first since Marvel acquired the Star Wars comic book license as a consequence of Lucasfilm’s acquisition with Marvel parent Disney.
We spoke to the creative team about the psychology of sci-fi’s most famous villain and what to expect from the new ongoing series.
UNAPOLOGETICALLY STRONG: MARK WAID & TERRY DODSON TALK ‘STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA’ [INTERVIEW]
By Andy Khouri
Earlier this year, it was announced somewhat controversially but unsurprisingly that the Star Wars comic book license would be leaving Dark Horse, its home of more than 20 years, and moving to Marvel Comics. This was not a surprise, as once Marvel corporate parent Disney bought Star Wars owner Lucasfilm, fans felt it was only a matter of time before Marvel announced that it would produce its own original Star Wars comics for the first time decades. But no one knew what exactly Marvel would actually dowith Star Wars.
Saturday at Comic-Con International, Marvel announced no fewer than three new Star Wars series to the San Diego crowd: two ongoings titled Star Wars and Star Wars: Darth Vader, and a miniseries called Star Wars: Princess Leia.
Princess Leia is, of course, one of the most famous characters in science fiction, and very arguably the most famous female character. She’s iconic, recognizable, and quotable. Leia is a character with a lot of implied depth that the Star Wars movies didn’t fully explore, even across three films in which she appeared. Of course, hardcore Star Wars fans could tell you a lot about Leia’s numerous adventures in the Expanded Universe of novels, comics and games, but as evidenced by Marvel’s plans to start anew with its own adventures that are fully canonical with the films and new animated series, there’s something to be said for offering film fans a fresh start with this most important character.
That start is to be facilitated by some of American superhero comics’ most popular creators: writer Mark Waid and penciller Terry Dodson, who along with editor Jordan D. Whitespoke with ComicsAlliance about their auspicious new gig.
MARVEL STUDIOS AT SAN DIEGO: LATEST ON ‘ANT-MAN’ AND ‘AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’
Marvel Studios held its annual crowdpleaser panel in the vastness of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon. The casts of Ant-Man and Avengers: Age Of Ultron were both on hand — but there wasn’t much in the way of announcements, beyond confirming a lot of things we already knew. No new movies announced. No casting news that hadn’t already leaked long ago. But with those disappointments suitably girded against, here’s what we learned…
AGENTS OF SHIELD BLOOPER REEL, CASTING NEWS, MOCKINGBIRD, AND AGENT CARTER DIRECTORS REVEALED
The Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday featured several cast revelations that offer some hints about the shape of the second season of Agents of SHIELD. The panel also featured a couple of videos — a blooper reel, which you can see above, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, and a comedy bit with Patton Oswalt as Agent(s) Koenig.
The Oswalt video is mainly notable for hinting at another possible cast addition — none other than comic book Avenger Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. If she’s really joining the cast, it could be a good omen for Agents of SHIELD’s second season, which begins September 22nd on ABC at the new time of 9pm.
FORCE WORKS: MARVEL ANNOUNCES THREE NEW STAR WARS TITLES FROM ALL-STAR CREATIVE TEAMS
The Cup O’ Joe panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday featured one of the biggest announcements of the weekend as Marvel unveiled the creative teams for its first three all-new Star Wars comics. The new books have been hotly anticipated since plans for Marvel Star Wars books were first announced back in January.
Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca will team for a Darth Vader ongoing series; Mark Waid and Terry Dodson will author a five-issue Princess Leia mini series; and Jason Aaron and John Cassaday have been named as the creative team for a Star Wars ongoing series. The three series will launch through the first quarter of 2015.
‘ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN’ CREATORS ON THE SCARIEST WOMAN IN THE GALAXY [INTERVIEW]
By Andy Khouri
Created in the early ’90s by Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman in the pages of Image Comics’ Spawn, Angela is a supremely violent immortal warrior/hunter/angel/naked woman, sent to Earth to slay Hellspawn as a soldier in the war between Heaven and Hell.
Or at least, she was. As a consequence of litigation whose transcript word counts are in excess of every Marvel comic ever published in history (not really), Angela is now something and and perhaps someone else. Who that is remains a question — an unexpectedly compelling question. Indeed, some longtime comics fans were bemused by Marvel’s heavily promoted induction of a character created not just with another comic book publisher, but by McFarlane himself, one of Marvel’s most famous creative “defectors.” Not to mention the fact that in the character’s entire history, she’d appeared in just a handful of comics, only four of which by written by Gaiman, and the last of those came out 20 years ago.
That readers were meant to accept the stated importance of Angela on little more than Marvel’s marketing say so seemed like a tough sell, but the twists kept coming. She became a surprisingly major part of Brian Michael Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy cast. A half-naked angel running around in space with a talking raccoon, yes, but somehow it worked. It was later revealed that Angela’s the daughter of Odin and sister to Thor, and was just heretofore unseen while she lived in a distant realm (that we like to call the McFarlaverse). And that works, too.
Now Marvel is committing fully to Angela with the character’s first ongoing series, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin, which comes with yet more surprises. It’s a solo title starring a female lead, which of course is still rare in American superhero comics, and it’s also drawn by Phil Jimenez, whose long association with certain amazon princesses and other distinctly powerful women characters sends a very loud and clear message about Marvel’s intentions for Angela.
Joining Jimenez is writer Kieron Gillen, himself one of Marvle’s most acclaimed Asgardian scholars, if you will, having done very well regarded runs on Journey Into Mystery and Thor. Also writing Angela is Marguerite Bennett, who’s penned numerous books for DC and other publishers, but who this year landed two ongoings in the form of Angela and the recently announced Sleepy Hollow. As part of the book’s unique “stories-within-stories” structure that you’ll read about below, Bennett will collaborate with noted cover artist and illustrator Stephanie Hans, who’s making a relatively rare visit to the realm of sequential storytelling to help make Angela that much more distinct.
ComicsAlliance spoke with all four creators and series editor Wil Moss about the endlessly impressive surprise that is Angela.
ANGELA STARS IN NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM GILLEN, BENNETT, JIMINEZ AND HANS
Asgard already boasts an unlikely agent in the form of young trickster god Loki. Now it has an unlikely assassin as well, as Loki’s sis from another exis(tence), Angela, gets her own solo title this November, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin.
The new series by writers Kieron Gillen and Margeurite Bennett and artists Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans was announced at the Avengers NOW panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday — the same panel where Al Ewing and Luke Ross’s Captain America And The Mighty Avengers was unveiled.
NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA’S FIRST ADVENTURE WILL DROP AS DIGITAL COMIC, ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA: FEAR HIM’
Sam Wilson makes his first appearance as the new Captain America at the end of Rick Remender’s current run on the book, Captain America #25, in October. Sam gets his own book in All-New Captain America #1 in November, by Remender and Stuart Immonen. But another story will bridge the gap between those two titles, and it will be released as a digital mini series.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AL EWING TALKS SAM WILSON AND “SEASON 2″ WITH ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS’
Mighty Avengers is getting a new #1 and a new title this November. At the Avengers NOW panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, Marvel announced that the series will relaunch as Captain America & The Mighty Avengers — with former Falcon Sam Wilson taking point as the new Captain America. That means a second title series for Wilson’s Cap, and a second chance for readers to discover the book.
Al Ewing continues as writer, with former Captain America artist Luke Ross taking over as regular series artist. ComicsAlliance spoke to Ewing to find out why the book is relaunching, how he plans to handle Sam’s promotion, and what it means to write the only Avengers book with a predominantly non-white team.