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Here’s another Rapid-Fire Roundup of News coming out of the San Diego Comic Convention.  This morning we take a look at the many announcements Marvel made at the show on Thursday, which may seem slim compared to the announcements supposedly coming from Joe Quesada later today.

There is a semi-big announcement for those interested in Marvel Mega-Events.

Cancellations

  • You already saw the news about The Exiles series, and most of you don’t seem to be bothered by that fact.

Gaming

  • On the gaming front, Marvel Ultimate Alliance was presented to convention attendees.  Two new characters get the game treatment in the form of Jean Grey “Phoenix”, and Remy “Gambit” Lebeau.

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  • Activision did say there would be downloadable content in the future, possibly to unlock other characters not appearing in the game.  From looking at the Marvel game website and the bios of the characters presented, those that are keeping a hold of those 3 3/4-inch figure dossiers might have an advantage.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 arrives on September 15, 2009 for PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360.

New and notable

  • Joe Kelly and Eric Canete will feature Deadpool in Amazing Spider-Man #611

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  • Black Widow by Paul Cornell and Tom Raney gets a four-issue mini-series in November
  • More Marvel Noir comics are on the way in the form of X-Men Noir: Mark of Cain by Fred Van Lente and Denis Calero.

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  • We’ve talked about it before, but in case you missed it – Doctor Voodoo by Rick Remender and Jefte Palo.

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  • Captain America/Black Panther by Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowan will be a four-issue mini called Flags of Our Fathers
    • This looks to be a Golden Age team-up set in World War II with modern day links
    • Expected to release sometime in 2010.

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  • Look for Wilson Fisk MAX to appear in Punisher MAX
    • In fact, look right now!

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  • Marvel Adventures Super-Heroes will see much longer story lines begin to develop with issue #17.
    • Paul Tobin assures that each issue will still feature a complete story, but a great whole will begin to emerge.

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Marvel Mega Events

I really don’t know where to put this next statement, but it is one that has a lot of weight to it, especially for people who can’t buy every Marvel Comic ever released, or who don’t care for the eternal crossovers.  Joe Quesada said the company is approaching the final act that began in Civil War, and then we will see Marvel pull back from Mega-Event arcs.  On the one hand, “YEA!” on the other hand, isn’t Quesada the one that said last year that said a majority of the company titles would remain at $2.99 or less?

Ultimate Comics

  • More news about this during our Day Two coverage, but Loeb did say that destroying and rebuilding the Ultimate Universe would have large ramifications in the stories being told.

Bits & Pieces

  • Trade releases have slowed at the request of retailers.
  • Anyone care about Bo Obama?  Then don’t read Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers

More news from the convention at it floats through the ether and into my in-box.

The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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6 Comments

  1. MaximusRift
    July 24, 2009 at 10:24 am — Reply

    So nobody’s gonna talk about the “Black Cat in Spidey-suit” image?

    Damn you, Marvel. You’re trying to make me buy Spider-Man again. ;p

    So there’s an ending to all of this? You serious? There was a plan all along?

    Was the plan to turn Marvel 616 into a semi-copy of the WANTED universe? ;p

  2. July 24, 2009 at 10:24 am — Reply

    I might start pulling Punisher MAX again just to see what Steve Dillon brings to the table because I love Preacher so much!

  3. July 24, 2009 at 10:47 am — Reply

    Maximus: Spider-Man #606 ;)

  4. lifeisaglitch
    July 24, 2009 at 11:01 am — Reply

    Deadpool is the new Wolverine and i like it! Well i guess Daken is the new Wolverine…. Doesnt matter.I for one welcome our new Psychotic mercenary overlord (And that Spider Liefeld is most fantasmogastic…. if not bodacious)

    Oh and Marvel here’s a pro-tip a character really doesn’t feel dead when ya keep doing flash back stories…its cheating (in the you are only cheating yourself sense) and it ruins a lot of the basic idea behind killing a character. Then again by 2010 Rogers will likely be walking around very much alive. Seriously though people don’t miss a character if hes in flashbacks and whatnot constantly…his return will feel slightly more meaningless and his death therefor also in the 1st place. What happened to simply putting a person in a good ol fashioned coma or kidnapping them…sure DEATH sounds creepier…but not anymore now does it. It all just feels so misguided sometimes. And the same goes for you DC…though you haven’t resorted to the flashback thing…yet.

  5. July 24, 2009 at 11:16 am — Reply

    The Noir stuff looks interesting, I’ll have to check it out and dig up the older issues.

    Marvel Adventures stuff really are some good reads, and the longer storyline will help it make it to my pull list if the stories are good. The Marvel U without all the crap!

    Let’s see how the Marvel U looks after this “final act”, then I’ll decide if I want to come back to it full.

    Marvel Ulitmate Alliance 2 – Hell Yeah! Now, I just have to decide which system to buy so I can pick it up! – http://www.majorspoilers.com/smf/index.php?topic=943.msg2896;topicseen#msg2896

  6. Bob
    July 24, 2009 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    “Activision did say there would be downloadable content in the future, possibly to unlock other characters not appearing in the game. From looking at the Marvel game website and the bios of the characters presented, those that are keeping a hold of those 3 3/4-inch figure dossiers might have an advantage. ”

    Awesome! I have the Green Goblin dossier in my desk at home!

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