For some reason, a lot of comic book news dropped today and, unfortunately, not all of it was good. io9 hasn’t covered it yet, so I’ll try to cover everything:
Here is the bad news: remember that Vision mini-series from Chelsea Cain, Marc Mohan, and Aud Koch we were going to get? Unfortunately, it’s been cancelled before it even came out.
To let the creative team make four issues and then just...cancel the entire project is unusual. Marvel basically had to pay them for all the work they did without getting anything out of it. And we have no idea why. Some websites have speculated that the mini-series was going in a different direction with Viv that Marvel didn’t want to go, but if so...why agree to even do the mini-series in the first place? Why not ask the creative team to change what they were going to do? Sigh. Oh well, at least we can still read Cain’s Man-Eaters comic from Image.
In better news, Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo will be putting out a Martian Manhunter comic later this year. Orlando calls this his “dream project,” which is nice — his previous books have pretty much all been spectacular, from Midnighter and Apollo to Justice League of America. The book will be delving back into J’onn J’onzz detective roots.
Miles Morales is also getting a new ongoing comic book, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, written by Saladin Ahmed with art by Javier Garron. Ahmed wrote the brilliant Black Bolt and the current Exiles run. This is the first ongoing Miles Morales book not written by Brian Michael Bendis, but I love Ahmed’s writing, so I’m sure he will be a great fit.
“I think our background always informs how we tell stories, it’s just a question of how conscious of that we are. And there are always both bridges and gulfs between ourselves as writers and the characters we’re writing. I’m not Black or Puerto Rican, I ‘m not a teenager, I didn’t go to a nice school like Miles does. But there are lots of points where we do connect powerfully, even points where his experiences connect with my kids’ experiences., and I absolutely draw on those connections.”
DC will also be putting on a twelve-issue Freedom Fighters mini-series by Robert Venditti and Eddy Barrows. It will take place on Earth-X, where the Nazis won World War II. Having the main characters fighting against a literal Nazi regime means that the comic can get political in ways others can’t and I hope that it does.
Back to Marvel, the first issue of Extermination (SPOILERS SPOILERS TURN BACK IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW SPOILERS) saw the death of Cable, so a new X-Force book will see the original team (plus Deathlok for some reason) assembling to get revenge on his killer (who is, ironically, Young Cable). The book will be written by Ed Brisson, with art by Dylan Burnett.
And that’s all for today.