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FanExpo 2011 Announcements and Photo Superpost!

Toronto played host to Canada's biggest comic-and-nerd convention this past weekend: come inside to check out all the coverage, including new talent announcements from Marvel and some intriguing news about the New 52!

Every year, thousands of nerds from Canada and the US flock to FanExpo, a four-day convention held every August in Toronto. This is easily the biggest convention in the Great White North, so why not combine everything awesome that happened into...

This photo-bomb was too good to pass up.

Both Marvel and DC were major presences at this convention, with the joint DC/Warner Bros. booth taking up a good chunk of the floor space. Convention attendees were able to play a demo of Batman: Arkham City and pre-order the game from inside the booth. I had a chance to sit down and talk with one of the developers about the story of Arkham City, and the different playstyles of the characters; that post will be up on ComicVine ASAP!

But let's get into the news, shall we?

Hmm. I wonder what THIS could mean...

Marvel announced that veteran indie and Vertigo scribe Brian Wood would be coming into the fold to work on a Wolverine book, based on a teaser image. As Brian's one of my favourite writers, I'm happy to see him get more work.

They also announced that Alpha Flight, which had previously been an eight-issue miniseries, would be extended to an ongoing. Readers would find the team as part of a "Commonwealth of Heroes," which would do great to give the team some flavour. Excalibur fans, take note: Captain Britain and MI-13 will be playing a part in the series.

At DC's "New 52" panel, it was revealed that James Robinson (Starman, Justice League) would be writing a Justice Society ongoing, which would take place on Earth Two. This was the first time that anything parallel Earth-related had been announced for the reboot, so it's definitely big news!

Robinson also discussed his Shade mini-series, which would feature artists like Darwyn Cooke, Gene Ha and Jill Thompson. Each of the story arcs will take place in different time periods, depicting different areas of The Shade's life. Definitely a star-studded lineup!

Dan Didio also informed the audience that Stephanie Brown would be re-assuming the mantle of Spoiler in the new 52; this came after a question about the different Batgirls, and what would happen to them in the new continuity. Sadly, there was nothing specific mentioned about Cassandra Cain.

As always, I had a chance to take some pictures of cosplay, and other awesome things! Check the gallery below for all the goings-on at this year's FanExpo!

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Another Wolverine book? Really? Commonwealth of Heroes sounds cool, Love me some Cap. I knew Steph and the JSA would be sticking around, dont know why people where worried. 

Posted by nickmarino

You forgot the Destroyers announcement!!!

Posted by RainEffect

Commonwealth of Superheroes certainly sounds interesting. Hopefully we see more of Lionheart and Captain Britain.

Posted by SirSparkington

It was an awesome con. Going to those panels and being hearing those announcements (especially Alpha Flight & Steph Brown) was awesome.

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Alpha Flight ongoing sounds good, nice to hear Captain Britain will be involved to.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@nickmarino said:
You forgot the Destroyers announcement!!!
What was that? 
 
@RainEffect said:
Commonwealth of Superheroes certainly sounds interesting. Hopefully we see more of Lionheart and Captain Britain.
I know, I have been missing Cap since MI:13 finished, would also be cool if they actually introduce characters from all over the commonwealth eg. Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa 
Posted by Trodorne

Im excited to hear Alpha Flight and Excalibur going to be working together in some issues as well that it will be an ongoing series. Alpha Flight was a great series even if they were canadian. We had many US reader back when John Bryne did the series. 
 
 I missed out on this years fan expo which Ill regret super fast, but ill have a chance to go to the Winnipeg Comic Con this october when it comes around. great article matt.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

James Robinson writing a JSA ongoing? :\ I don't know how I feel about that really.  Good JSA will be in New 52...but surely someone else could be writing it, could they? ::Shrugs::

Posted by MattDemers

@nickmarino said:

You forgot the Destroyers announcement!!!

Fixed and added :)

Posted by sora_thekey

I haven't finished listening this past week's CV podcast but Snyder mentioned that the Batman Unverse wasnot changing that much. With Stephanie Brown back as Spoiler and Babs back to being Batgirl means that there might be an explination that comes with why the mantle is going back to Barbara.

I am excited!

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Posted by MattDemers

@sora_thekey said:

I haven't finished listening this past week's CV podcast but Snyder mentioned that the Batman Unverse wasnot changing that much. With Stephanie Brown back as Spoiler and Babs back to being Batgirl means that there might be an explination that comes with why the mantle is going back to Barbara.

I am excited!

I get the feeling Batgirl is just Batgirl; there's no reason for the switch, and Steph never was Batgirl.

Posted by Silkcuts
@Trodorne said:
Im excited to hear Alpha Flight and Excalibur going to be working together in some issues as well that it will be an ongoing series. Alpha Flight was a great series even if they were canadian. We had many US reader back when John Bryne did the series.    I missed out on this years fan expo which Ill regret super fast, but ill have a chance to go to the Winnipeg Comic Con this october when it comes around. great article matt.
Yeah you should regret it, Spacey and I hung out the whole time.  Would of loved to me you in person to. 
Posted by Silkcuts

I think I see Spacey and me in the background of one of the pictures....lol
FanExpo was great.
Good times good times.
Matt was also so popular with the women that when I saw him I couldn't say hi since he had a sea of ladies around him.

Posted by webofthornns

Definitely looking forward to Alpha Flight, best news since they came back from the dead

Posted by ninjacommando

Nice news about Stephanie, wished something was given for Cassandra too though.

Posted by devdev

Ah! The COD costume is so clever! I love it!

Posted by No_Name_

Hooray for FF costumes!

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

YAY I am glad stephanie will be back

Posted by Trodorne
@webofthornns said:
Definitely looking forward to Alpha Flight, best news since they came back from the dead
I second that. 
@Silkcuts
Its a shame I did not get to meet you in person. I would have probably quizzed you on your almost encyclopedic knowledge of hellblazer. lol :P but the glamourous life of a comic store worker does not (hold onto your gasps) pay as much as we all like ot think it does. 
Posted by Silkcuts
@Trodorne said:
 
@Silkcuts: Its a shame I did not get to meet you in person. I would have probably quizzed you on your almost encyclopedic knowledge of hellblazer. lol :P but the glamourous life of a comic store worker does not (hold onto your gasps) pay as much as we all like ot think it does. 
There is always the future.  It is almost encyclopedic of John Constantine, the hellblazer parts are easy.  The Swamp Thing, and other cameos is the impressive parts...lol
I hear ya with the pay checks, I spent a lot at fanexpo and I got paid on that friday....
Posted by Ultimate_MiracleMan

That Nova cosplay is sweet, I've never seen one before. And Steph back as spoiler? that is awesome! So DC didn't retcon my favorite heroine.

Posted by Kid_Zombie

So happy about Alpha Flight!!! They deserve an Ongoing. Still my favorite characters! Very happy about this news!

Posted by damswedon

God I hope Bryan Q. Millar is writing Steph's book. If it turns out to be anyone else DC can go and copulate with a goat.

Posted by lorex

Good news about Alpha Flight and that Nova costume was awesome.