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#1 Posted by danhimself (22718 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Panelists include Chris Gage, Charles Knauf, Matt Fraction, Aubrey Sitterson and marketing's Jim McCann.

  • Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. writerKnauf said it's interesting writing the "most hated man in the Marvel Universe."

He said the Iron Man movie should bring attention to the book. He will be re-introducing a femme fatale character. "We're trying to bring Iron Man up to the hero status he was before," Knauf said.

  • Fraction, who is writing Invincible Iron Man, said he wants to pu Tony Stark on "a big redemptive arc." "He is his own arch rival, which is an interesting thing to be," he said.

  • Gage talked about Avengers: The Initiative, which he co-writes with Dan Slott. Issue #11 will guest-star the Mighty Avengers and Gage said "if you're an old-school New Warriors fan, you should pick it up."

Initiative #12 will show who graduates and what team they are on. Gage wrote Initiative #13 by himself. It will feature a new crop of cadets, Prodigy, Gorilla Girl and a new character, Butterball. Slott returns with #14, which ties into Secret Invasion and shows which member was a Skrull, trying to put "a Skrull in every state."

Gage is writing Thunberbolts #122-125 tie into Secret Invasion. A major Marvel hero is revealed as a Skrull and attacks the Thunderbolts.

  • Gage is teaming with Mike Perkins for Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust Special? will stars "old-school" Beast and "leisure suit" Wonder Man.

  • Dark Tower: The Long Road Home is the second of six mini-series with Stephen King.

  • Marvel will publish four books with Soleil. Sky Doll starts in May, followed by Scurge of the Gods, Universal War One and Samurai.

  • Marvel Adventures Iron Man/Hulk/Spider-Man and X-Men will be Marvel's offerings on Free Comic Book Day. Pixie takes front and center in X-Men, by Mike Carey and Greg Land. Sitterson said the story is set in Wales, and Fraction added that it sets up Uncanny X-Men #500.

  • Fraction said Salvador Larroca has adopted a new style of Invinicble Man. "I think it's the best art of his career," he said. Pepper Potts will move over from The Order, and Fraction said The Order, which ends at #10, "kind of serves as a weird prequel to Iron Man."

Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas shows "swinging Tony," McCann said. The book is written by Jon Favreau, with art by Adi Granov.

  • Skarr: Son of Hulk will arrive in June, written by Greg Pak, with art by Ron Garney. It will be 12 issues and will serve as Pak's third act following Planet Hulk and World War Hulk.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy will "probably intersect" with the Skrulls, McCann said.

  • New Mutants' Warlock is showing up on Nova.

  • Doctor Doom will appear in Fantastic Four. McCann said he didn't envision any delays with Bryan Hitch's art.

  • Marvel Illustrated: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is written by Eric Shanower, with art by Skottie Young.

  • Avengers/Invaders will start in May. The covers for the first two issues of the 12-issue mini-series were shown. "It's not an imagery tale," Sitterson said.

  • The Eternals ongoing, by Knauf and Daniel Acuna, starts in June. "We're really trying to stay close to (Jack) Kirby's vision and we're grounding a little bit more in the Marvel Universe," Knauf said. "And we're explaining a lot, where the Celestials come from and what's their plan."

  • McCann said the Captain America #39 cover image really does happen.

  • Haunt of Horror: H.P. Lovecraft is a MAX project by Richard Corben.

  • Fraction said "Ghost Rider will be this year what Iron Fist was last year." Jason Aaron's first arc is called "Hellbent and Heaven-Bound." Tan Eng Huat will draw an arc beginning with Ghost Rider #24.

  • Fraction is teaming with Rick Remender on a six-issuee Jigsaw story in Punisher War Journal. "It's the great Punisher movie never made and the greatest Jigsaw story ever," he said.

G.W. Bridge puts together a team of three women, including Domino, Contessa and Silver Sable, to track down Frank.

  • Fraction is writing Thor three standalone issues of Thor. Age of Thunder and Reign of Blood are the first two titles. Patrick Zircher is drawing the first issue.

  • The MAX Punisher title will have three five-issue arcs. McCann said the writers are "folks you know."

  • McCann said there will be fewer tie-in issues to Secret Invasion than Civil War. "But just barely," he said.

  • McCann said he could not reveal any details about why Captain America's shield is on a cover of Guardians of Galaxy.

  • Any young mutants in the Initiative? "I would say a firm wait-and-see on that," Gage said, adding that it will not become a new home for Xavier's students.

  • The new Fantastic Four logo was designed by Hitch.

  • Doctor Strange? "We know where he is and what he's doing," McCann said, adding there are approved Doctor Strange projects.

  • There are no current plans for Nextwave.

  • Knauf said The Eternals series will pick up from Neil Gaiman's series. "We'll be awakening the Sleeping Eternals," he said.

  • McCann said Marvel is planned through 2009, with "notes for 2010."

  • McCann said there will be cosmic characters involved in Secret Invasion. The Imperial Guard will be involved in a tie-in. Sitterson said Vulcan will be in charge of the Shi'Ar Empire "for some time."

  • McCann said there will be a connection between the new Guardians of the Galaxy series and the old series.

  • S.W.O.R.D. will be featured in Secret Invasion #1.

  • Asked about B- and C-list characters, McCann said "a lot people will be stepping in Secret Invasion."

  • The new Deadpool series, written by Daniel Way, will launch in August. Sitterson said the series will be relevant in the Marvel Universe.

  • Cloak and Dagger? McCann said there are several pitches in for the characters.

  • Gravity in the Initiative? "That's a really good idea," Gage said.

#2 Posted by danhimself (22718 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Panelists include Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle, Matt Fraction, Aubrey Sitterson, Peter David and marketing's Jim McCann -- and a late arriving Marc Guggenheim.

  • Sitterson said that X-Men: Legacy will pick up with what happened to Professor X after Messiah X.

  • Dokken, the son of Wolverine, will return to Wolverine: Origins.

  • Quicksilver will be featured in an X-Factor special. "Different people say they want different things to happen with him," he said. "Interestingly, everything happens in this one issue."

  • David said there will be a Layla Miller one-shot picking up from Messiah CompleX. "We are going to show where she is, what's going on," he said, noting readers' perceptions of the character have changed since her introduction.

  • Larry Stroman is returning as artist of X-Factor. David said She-Hulk will be appearing in a crossover.

The story will start in X-Factor, go to She-Hulk and return to X-Factor and will tie into Secret Invasion.

  • Joining X-Factor will be Longshot and Darwin in #33.

  • X-Men: Divided We Stand will be two one-shots. Two of the characters on the covers will be joining teams that McCann said will be "surprising."

  • Greg Land is joining Uncanny X-Men #500 as artist and Matt Fraction will be co-writing with Ed Brubaker.

  • Terry Dodson is now exclusive to Marvel and will alternate on Uncanny X-Men.

  • Marvel showed Simone Bianchi's designs for his upcoming run on Astonishing X-Men with Warren Ellis.

  • David on Siren: "The baby will be born." What happens as a result, David will not say, except there "will be developments that will light up the Internet like a Christmas tree."

  • Fraction said Dazzler will be appear in Uncanny #501. "Dazzler as a mutant Madonna," he said.

  • Fraction said he and Brubaker are co-plotting arcs and rotating writing.

  • Kyle said there are more surprises in store in X-Force. The roster will expand to six by issue #7 or #8.

"The first two reveals are something but after two and three, you're gonna see how big and bad this story is gonna get," he said. "We're really trying to give you great moments throughout the book and give you as much story as we can."

  • Guggenheim said the original title of Young X-Men was New Mutants. Instead of being "cadets," Guggenheim said this team will be the X-Men.

The first arc will be five issues, with a sixth-issue epilogue, and plant seeds for the next two years of story. "It's a book with a lot of surprises," he said. "I always say 'no assumptions.'"

  • David said in the X-Factor/She-Hulk, X-Factor is looking for one person and She-Hulk is looking for another person, and the two people are travelling together.

  • Havok will be featured in the Divided We Stand specials.

  • David said bringing Darwin and Longshot to X-Factor was because "they're both really cool. It's as simple as that." He said the characters "will put people's teeth on edge."

  • Sitterson on Dokken: "There's a lot more to that character than you've seen in Wolverine: Origins."

  • Sitterson said that Cable is set in the future, but the book is "not set off to the side" in the mutant world.

  • Asked about Kitty Pryde, McCann said that all Marvel said was that Piotr "lost" a love.

  • Guggenheim said it's hard to talk about Young X-Men because of all the twists he has planned. He said he has plans for Blindfold that will make readers look at her in a completely different way.

  • Guggenheim said that the New Brotherhood members in Young X-Men all have strong ties to X-Men canon, and one of them used to work for the Hellfire Club. "And that's probably all I should say," he said. "But you'll know by the end of the first issue."

  • Kyle said Wither will be appearing in X-Force.

  • Fraction said the second stage of Astonishing X-Men will flow more into continuity than the Joss Whedon/John Cassaday run.

  • McCann said the Deadpool series will start late in the summer.

  • Although Firestar retired, McCann said readers have not seen the last of her.

  • McCann said there are plans for Northstar.

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