Comic-Con week is finally here! Whether you’re able to attend or will be following online, there’s a lot for geeks of all kinds to get excited about: cosplay, movie trailers, TV previews, unexpected announcements, cool swag and—oh yeah! Comic books!
That’s right, even though they’ve become more overshadowed by their silver-screen counterparts, there are still comic books at San Diego Comic Con. The show remains one of the biggest platforms for publishers to get lots of eyeballs on their upcoming projects, and most of the bigger companies have panels dedicated to big announcements for flagship projects heading to shops later in the year. The Big Two — Marvel and DC — often are seen as competing with one another over who can drop the biggest announcement bombshells. So what might we expect from them this year?
We’ll begin by looking at some announcements we hope Marvel will be making this week, ranging from likely bets to desperate hopes. Marvel made a lot of announcements about their fall lineup last week (some unintentionally), but they are almost certainly holding back on a few surprises for the big show. Is there anything you’re hoping to hear about from Marvel at SDCC? Think ours are wildly off base? Let us know in the comments below.
A NEW ELEKTRA ONGOING
Everyone’s favorite scarlet sai-swinger Elektra (sorry Raphael) was featured on Marvel’s “Divided We Stand” teaser image, but she’s one of the few that hasn’t found her place amongst the wave of recent announcements and leaks. Her most recent turn at an ongoing series — by writer W. Haden Blackman (Batwoman) and artist Mike Del Mundo (Weirdworld) — concluded in early 2015, and was utterly fantastic, so we hope that the character is given another creative team that can really do her justice. It’s always possible that the teaser meant she’s getting drafted into one of Marvel’s team books, but she has never been much of a team player outside of a stint on the Thunderbolts, so an ongoing (or perhaps a Daredevil/Elektra book like the current Daredevil/Punisher series) would make more sense, and would be fitting for such a popular and interesting character.
A RELEASE DATE FOR BLADE
At last year’s SDCC, Marvel announced a new Blade series would be coming as part of their “All-New All-Different” lineup, but the title’s stated October release date came and went with no sign of the book. Tim Seeley (Grayson) and Logan Faerber (Oh, Killstrike) were to be the creative team on the series, which would star Blade slaying alongside his newly-reconnected-with teenage daughter, Fallon Gray. The supernatural side of the MU has definitely been under-serviced in recent years, and Blade is one of the best characters to explore it with, so it’d be a shame to see this title disappear completely. And did you know that Blade hasn’t had a series in nearly a decade? That’s crazy! Give us this book, Marvel.
CABLE GOING SOLO
Like Elektra, Cable was featured on the big teaser image for the fall lineup, but hasn’t been seen anywhere yet. While he could simply have a big role in the upcoming Death of X event taking place in the X-Men line, there’s also the chance that he’s being set up for an ongoing. He’s had an increasingly prominent role in Uncanny Avengers, reunited with his bosom buddy in Deadpool & Cable, and is set to appear in the sequel to this year’s wildly successful Deadpool film. The big uptick in profile isn’t the only reason either. Cable’s knowledge of the future and his precognitive powers (though it isn’t clear if he still has those) make him a vital resource in a Marvel Universe embroiled in a Civil War over how to use precognitive powers to prevent crimes. If utilized correctly, Cable has the potential to be one of the most interesting characters of the post-Civil War II MU.
NEIL GAIMAN AND MARK BUCKINGHAM’S MIRACLEMAN
Way back in 2009, Marvel Comics’ headlining announcement for San Diego Comic Con was the acquisition of the rights to Miracleman, and since 2014 they’ve been slowly reprinting the issues of the eighties cult-classic. The intention was to follow up the Alan Moore (Watchmen) run with the continuation of the cut-short run by Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) and Mark Buckingham (Fables), but reprints ceased in January before the Gaiman run began. Marvel has said they’ll be resoliciting the series after the delay from its intended March release date, but we’ve heard nothing on the subject from the publisher. But what better way to re-ignite excitement for the classic property than with another big announcement on comic books’ biggest stage?
WHAT’S UP WITH THE X-MEN?
One of the biggest omissions in the “Marvel Now!” roster of titles is…uh… basically the entire X-Men line. We have the mysterious Death of X event coming from Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans), Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) and Aaron Kuder (Action Comics) that will pull back the curtain for readers and show them what exactly happened between the mutant and Inhumans in the eight month gap following Secret Wars. But what’s going on for Marvel’s merry mutants now? No one knows, with the Extraordinary, All-New, and Uncanny flavors of X-Men all missing from Marvel’s October menu. Surely it ties into the events of Death of X, but how their war with Attilan will affect the current status quo, or the future of the line, remains to be seen. Marvel loves trolling X-Men fans lately, so the lack of information is surely very deliberate, but they won’t keep their readers in the dark for too long, and San Diego is a great place for Marvel to make it clear to them that they haven’t forgot about this franchise.
COMPLETION OF HICKMAN AND WEAVER’S SHIELD
Before he hit the big time writing Fantastic Four, Avengers, and Secret Wars, Jonathan Hickman was turning the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra upside-down in Secret Warriors while revealing the secret history behind both organizations in the millennia-spanning S.H.I.E.L.D. This fan-favorite series’ last issue (the fourth of a planned six-issue second volume) was released in December of 2011, and both creators have stated that it’s been completely drawn for a couple years now. At Hickman’s spotlight panel at SDCC last year, he stated that they planned to have the remaining issues out in October or November, but sadly they were never released. Will fans of the series finally be given a release date for the conclusion?