Since io9 is only covering the super important events at SDCC and not many comic-related stuff, I’ve decided to consolidate all of that over here. There have been a lot of interesting announcements for both Marvel and DC over the past two days, so here goes:

Marvel Comics

  • Perhaps the biggest one is this: Marvel Knights is coming back. For those who don’t know, Marvel Knights was a Marvel imprint that started in 1998 — basically, Marvel had a bunch of characters that they weren’t really using at the time and Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti said, “Hey, we can take over those characters and make some more adult-themed books.” So they did and they were huge hits; they included things like Brian Michael Bendis’s Daredevil and Garth Ennis’s Punisher. Eventually, those books moved over to the mainstream Marvel universe and Quesada even became Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief for a while, so the Marvel Knights imprint became defunct. But now, twenty years after the original started, Donny Cates (Thanos, Doctor Strange) will be the “showrunner” of a new line of Marvel Knights. According to CBR, writers so far include Tini Howard (Assassinistas, Euthanauts), Matthew Rosenberg (Phoenix: Resurrection, Punisher), and Vita Ayala (The Wilds, Batman Beyond) and the books will include all the characters that the original Marvel Knights used (Daredevil, Black Widow, the Punisher, Ghost Rider, Elektra, etc). The line will apparently debut in a one-shot called MK20 #1 in November.
  • Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne will launch The Superior Octopus in October as part of “Doc Ocktober.” As a reminder: before Doctor Octopus died, he transferred his mind into Peter Parker and became “the Superior Spider-Man,” but realized that the real Spider-Man was needed, so transferred his mind into a robot and then into a clone body and also worked for Hydra during Secret Empire but also protected Aunt May during “Go Down Swinging” and that brings us to now.
  • With SpiderGeddon comes all of the spin-offs of SpiderGeddon, the first one being Spider-Force written by none other than Christopher Priest with art by Paulo Siquiera. It sounds kind of weird, a suicide mission led by Kaine and including two other spider-heroes (Spider-Kid and Astro-Spider), but it’s written by Christopher Priest, so I will automatically buy it.
  • Speaking of SpiderGeddon spin-offs: Spider-Girls by Jody Houser and Andres Genolet is another three-issue spin-off set to come out, this time starring May “Mayday” Parker, Anya Corazon, and Annie May Parker, Spiderling from the “Renew Your Vows” universe.
  • Also, uh, an anthology comic called Vault of Spiders. Which is a thing, I guess.
  • With the end of Jason Latour and Rico Renzi’s Spider-Gwen series comes a change: a new name and a new book for Spider-Gwen. Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider written by Seanan McGuire, with art by Rosi Kampe, will also spin off from SpiderGeddon in September. McGuire is well known as the author of the InCryptid, October Daye, and Newsflesh series (under her horror pseudonym Mira Grant), which are all pretty awesome, so I will definitely pick this up.

DC Comics

  • In addition to Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp taking over The Green Lantern, Aquaman will also be taken over by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet) and Robson Rocha. Per Jim Lee: “It’s in many ways a re-examination of who the character is, and to me it’s kind of similar to Born Again or Batman: Year One. It’s kind of a reexamination of what makes the character tick,” Lee said at the press breakfast. Very exciting.
  • Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke will take over Detective Comics starting with #994. James Tynion IV just ended his run that began with DC Rebirth (and included some of the very best bat-related storytelling) and we’ve had a few issues of Bryan Hill’s run so far, but this is also exciting news, considering that Tomasi just came off of a critically acclaimed run on Superman (he’s the one Bendis replaced). This also means that they will make the landmark #1000 issue.
  • There will be a giant crossover event for 2019, of course. It will be related to Scott Snyder’s Dark Knights: Metal and Justice League: No Justice.

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