New York Comic Con Wrap-Up: News, Announcements, and Releases

October 16, 2012

Many of you are likely still scouring for photos online of all the great cosplay and people watching that occurred this past weekend at the Javits Center, but there was also a lot of exciting news and developments to come out of the New York Comic Con.

Nevermind even trying to get to all the panels (or even one!): just the sheer number of news items coming out of the event can be overwhelming. With that in mind, we've scoured through all the information we collected and picked the highlights from what's quickly becoming the East Coast version of the San Diego Comic Con (in all the right ways).


Through the confirmations and teaser images released for "Ant-Man" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," we have what looks like a tentative schedule of the Marvel Studios films over the next few years:

  • Iron Man 3 – May 3rd, 2013
  • Thor: The Dark World – November 8th, 2013
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4th, 2014
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1st, 2014
  • Avengers 2 – May 1st, 2015
  • Ant-Man – November 6th, 2015

They also showed a test reel of Simon Pegg as Ant-Man.

And in news that excited nearly everyone, Agent Coulson is back. YEAH, BOY! Clark Gregg will reprise the popular character from the Marvel Studios films (Iron Man 1 and 2, Thor, and The Avengers) in the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot and, presumably, be a major player in the upcoming series. Marvel said there will be an explanation for why and how Coulson appears, but were mum on details.


A new Guardians of the Galaxy series written by Brian Michael Bendis and penciled by Steve McNiven will launch in February with a #0.1 issue followed by a proper #1 in March. The team's lineup will be essentially the same we'll see in the film: Star-Lord, Groot(!), Rocket Raccoon(!!), Dax, Gamora, and Iron Man(!!!). Yes, you read that right. The preview art, though, indicates different armor and likely a different character under the helmet.

Also launching in February: a new Nova series from the Hulk team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. The series will feature a new character, Sam Alexander, donning the last helmet of the Nova corps.

More details were released about Secret Avengers, written by Nick Spencer and penciled by Luke Ross. The core team will consist of Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Jr., Mockingbird, a new Iron Patriot, Taskmaster, and a rotating cast that pools from pretty much everyone in the Marvel Universe. This is possible due to the series' conceit that S.H.I.E.L.D. has implanted memory devices in damn near everyone that makes them forget their missions or that they were even on the team to begin with.

Speaking of Nick Fury, Marvel confirmed that the original is still around.

Also confirmed: the title character of the new Dan Slott book Superior Spider-Man will NOT be Peter Parker. Interesting. There will also be a new Sinister Six debuting in the book.

DC'S NEW(s) 52

Threshold #1 will hit shelves this coming January and feature two stories. The first will be a cosmic team of sorts featuring Blue Beetle, the original Starfire, the Omega Men, Space Ranger, Space Cabbie(!), Space Hawkins, and many more. The second story will focus on Larfleeze, the Orange lantern. It's since been confirmed that the Blue Beetle solo title will be cancelled.

As has been rumored, Scott Snyder and Jim Lee are doing a new Superman book. The name of the project wasn't announced, but it's rumored to be the Superman: Man of Steel title that's been bandied about as a promotional tie-in to the forthcoming Zack Snyder film (but exist in current New 52 continuity).

Earth 2 #5 will reintroduce that universe's version of Steppenwolf and what DC described as "the last Amazon of Earth 2." That would presumably/obviously mean that universe's Wonder Woman. Justice League Dark will add Frankenstein and Andrew Bennett (from I, Vampire) to the title. Unfortunately this means that like Blue Beetle's transition to a team book, Frankenstein: Agent of Shade has been cancelled as of January. One would assume Bennett would be a part of the team itself, but recent events in his title seem to indicate otherwise.

Jonah Hex will travel to 2050 and meet Adam Strange in an upcoming story arc in All-Star Western.

Hey, guess what? Deadshot ISN'T dead after all. He'll be back in an upcoming issue of Suicide Squad.


There will be an Unwritten/Fables crossover. The impetus will be Unwritten characters walking into the Fables universe. That could be fascinating given the premise of both titles.

American Vampire will be going on hiatus so that writer Scott Snyder and penciler Farael Albquerque can finish work on some issues. The story will jump ahead to the 1960s when it returns.


The company, which has been offering some really great titles with solid creative talent behind it, announced The Shadow: Year One written by legendary comics scribe Matt Wagner. This will, surprisingly, be the first time anyone has told the origin and the legendary serial character that has been adapted in every conceivable genre over the course of the last eighty plus years.


Two new series coming this Summer. The first is Avengers Assemble, which will feature the same lineup as the films but also add The Falcon (author's note: they should absolutely do this in the new movie as well).

Also debuting this Summer is Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. featuring Hulk, She-Hulk, Red Hulk, A-Bomb, and Skaar. The all-star voiceover cast includes Clancy Brown as Red Hulk, Eliza Dushku as She-Hulk, Seth Green as A-Bomb, and more.


Three new animated films were announced. First is Superman: Unbound which adapts Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's Brainiac arc from Action Comics. Justice League: Flashpoint will adapt the Flashpoint crossover event and mini-series that led to the creation of the New 52 Universe. There will also be an animated film adaptation of LEGO Batman: DC Heroes Unite, based on the (ridiculously fun) line of video games.


In news that many may sleep on but definitely should not be given the quality of their output, Oni Press will turn its website into a web comics hub starting in January 2013. The new hub will publish free comics every week day, with at least two new serials a week mixing in with digital reprints of previously published works. Once a serial has concluded, it'll be published as a graphic novel.

Oni Press has more details and titles on its official blog here.

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