Here’s another Rapid-Fire Roundup of News coming out of the San Diego Comic Convention.Â 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.
- You already saw the news about The Exiles series, and most of you don’t seem to be bothered by that fact.
- On the gaming front, Marvel Ultimate Alliance was presented to convention attendees.Â Two new characters get the game treatment in the form of Jean Grey “Phoenix”, and Remy “Gambit” Lebeau.
- Activision did say there would be downloadable content in the future, possibly to unlock other characters not appearing in the game.Â 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
- 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.
- We’ve talked about it before, but in case you missed it – Doctor Voodoo by Rick Remender and Jefte Palo.
- 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.
- Look for Wilson Fisk MAX to appear in Punisher MAX
- In fact, look right now!
- 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.
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.Â 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.Â 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?
- 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?Â 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.