10:40am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Hawkeye,' Art Editions and DC's Vertigo Expands: New York Comic Con News Round-Up
While announcements of James Bond returning to comics, DC returning to the Lynda Carter era for a new Wonder Woman digital series and Marvel bringing Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman onboard for a new series focusing around the character of Gamora may have received a lot of attention at this year's New York Comic Con, there were many more announcements throughout the show. For those not in attendance, here's a quick roundup of some of the other news that broke during the weekend.
Two new series were announced for the Vertigo imprint, with former Batgirl writer Gail Simone crossing over to the mature readers imprint via the new horror series Clean Room, launching next Spring. Image Comics veteran Tim Seeley also makes his Vertigo debut with Effigy, about a child actor turning detective after returning to her hometown, launching January 2015.
Dark Horse Comics
The Oregon-based publisher had news of a number of new projects, including new volumes of comedy series Groo and The Goon. Creators Richard Corben and Jacob & Arnold Pander have new horror graphic novels due next year (Rat God and Girlfriend, respectively), and the publisher also announced EVE: Valkyrie, a miniseries based on the EVE Online videogame MMORPG by writer Brian Wood and artist Eduardo Francisco.
Outside of news of bringing Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently character to comics in a series to launch next Spring, most of the Californian publisher's announcements were related to its partnership with Marvel Entertainment, including a limited-edition line of art portfolios called the Marvel Artist Select series and a mass-market line of Avengers releases to tie in with next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, titled The Avengers Micro Comic Fun Packs. Additionally, the publisher will release a hardcover collection of the Amazing Spider-Man newspaper strip's early years and expand its range of "Artists Edition" books representing the original artwork for a number of iconic Marvel storylines.
Valiant announced no less than six new series at the show, debuting throughout 2015: Ivar, Timewalker, Divinity, Imperium, Ninjak, Bloodshot Reborn and Quantum and Woody Must Die. Of those books, all but Divinity and Imperium are known to launch out of existing series; details of the other two remain unknown at this time, although both the promotional image and writer for Imperium, Joshua Dysart, suggest that it's related to the publisher's flagship Harbinger series in some way.
In addition to the James Bond and King announcements from last week, Dynamite also confirmed the expansion of its Art Edition program with new books dedicated to classic runs from the original Vampirella series, as well as the Marvel Battlestar Galactica and John Carter, Warlord of Mars series. Also announced were plans for the 2015 25th anniversary for horror character Evil Ernie and the upcoming 100th issue of Dynamite's Vampirella series.
The British publisher unveiled its 2015 slate at the show, including a comic book based on fantasy author Ben Aaronovich's Rivers of London novel series, a new World War II series written by Garth Ennis and what's being described as a "mobster science fiction story" called Made Man by Fred Van Lente and Dennis Calero.
Marvel's slate was surprisingly full in terms of show announcements. In addition to Secret Wars and other transmedia news throughout the weekend, the publisher also announced new series for Hawkeye, Squirrel-Girl, new Spider-Man supporting characters Spider-Gwen and Silk and a brand-new weekly series titled Wolverines to spin out of the character's current Death Of storyline. Marvel also confirmed the cancellation of one-time flagship title Fantastic Four, which had been rumored since May.