There’s plenty to look forward to this summer.
Emerald City Comic-Con is one of the first major comic conventions of the year, and this year’s show played home to several big announcements. Marve shed more light on its plans for celebrating its 80th anniversary, while DC gave a release date for a hotly anticipated Superman comic and Legendary Comics announced a new Pokemon project.
Scroll down to see all the big announcements from this year’s ECCC.
Marvel Revives Classic Creative Teams
As part of its 80th anniversary celebration this year, Marvel will be bringing back two fan-favorite creative team/character pairings for new one-shot specials. First up is Wolverine: Exit Wounds, which will feature major names like Chris Claremont, Sam Keith, Larry Hama and Salvador Larroca.
The first of these is Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1, which re-teams writer Peter David with artist Dale Keown. Similar to their 2002 collaboration Incredible Hulk: The End, Last Call is a story set at the twilight of Hulk’s life. The depressed hero finally finds purpose in life when he’s given a fight worthy of the strongest hero there is.
Bloodshot Gets Relaunched
The Valiant universe is headed to the big screen in February 2020 thanks to the Bloodshot movie, so it only makes sense that Valiant will be relaunching Bloodshot’s comic ahead of his cinematic debut. As first revealed by Deadline, the new Bloodshot series will pair writer Tim Seeley with artist Brett Booth. The new series will debut in September 2019, with Valiant releasing a special movie-friendly collection of the first three issues in December. Fans can get an early taste of what this relaunch holds in store when Seeley and artist Tomas Giorello team up for a FCBD prelude story in May.
Superman: Year One Gets Dated
DC first announced Superman: Year One back in 2017, and the series will finally materialize in June. Year One will reunite Daredevil: The Man Without Fear creators Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. for a new look at the early years of the Man of Steel. The story will be published under DC’s Black Label imprint, with the collected edition due for release in November.
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The Grendel Saga Continues
Matt Wagner recently wrapped up his long-running Mage saga, and now he’s returning to his other beloved creation this summer. Wagner will both write and draw Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey, a futuristic sci-fi tale starring the Grendel Prime incarnation of the character. This eight-issue series sends Grendel Prime into space in order to find a new home for humanity as Earth collapses into ruin.
Silver Surfer Goes Solo
Rising Marvel star Donny Cates has another new book in the works at Marvel, and it’s one that spins directly out of the events of Guardians of the Galaxy. Silver Surfer: Black teams Cates with artist Tradd Moore for a series that explores what happened to Norrin Radd after he was sucked into a black hole in Guardians #1. Marvel is teasing that the series also has direct ties to the events of Cates and Geoff Shaw’s Thanos storyline.
Detective Pikachu Comes to Comics
While there have been plenty of Pokemon manga projects, the franchise will finally make its Western comic book debut this summer. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is a graphic novel adapting the upcoming movie (itself based on the Nintendo 3DS game). The adaptation will be handled by writer Brian Buccellato and artist Nelson Daniel and is being published through Legendary Comics.
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