SDCC News From Around The Net

by Jeff

For your edification, a variety of San Diego Comic-Con News, gathered from many reputable sources across the internet.

From Newsarama:

DiDio started to wrap up the panel by saying this was the first Countdown panel where no one asked what was being counted down to. DiDio said that as of issue #26 the title will be changed to Countdown to Final Crisis, and with that, ended the panel.

The Twelve is a 12-issue miniseries by writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Chris Weston, and features twelve heroes from the earliest heroes of Marvel mythology.

While some of Marvel’s first heroes such as Namor and Captain America have blossomed into the foundation for the Marvel Universe, there are others that for one reason or another weren’t able to have a firm grip as Marvel evolved. But no more. In this twelve issue series scheduled to begin in Spring 2008, these heroes (and villains) are revived and rejuvenated and brought into the 21st century.

A question that’s become a staple of Marvel panels the last year – “When will Ultimate Hulk/Wolverine be finished?” – was asked. Buckley said that they’re waiting until all the scripts are in from Damon Lindelof, and that it should be out within the next eight months.

The recently returned Thor series, by JMS and Olivier Coipel, was highlighted in a slide. JMS reminded the audience that Thor has relocated to Oklahoma (“Because, why not?” he said) and said that the process of rebuilding Asgard (in the middle of Oklahoma) will start in issue #2. JMS added that it’s a much more powerful Thor than has been seen in a while.

From The Beat:

DC Comics, the world’s largest English language comic book publisher and home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman announced plans to publish a hardcover collection of graphic novels based on NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated “Heroes,” the #1 new series on television for the 2006-2007 season, from executive producer-creator Tim Kring (NBC’s “Crossing Jordan”). The stories, which mark the first printed graphic novel adaptation of the show, were originally created for and new chapters continue to be exclusively available on NBC’s “Heroes” website. The collection will also feature the artwork of legendary comic book artist Tim Sale (“Batman: The Long Halloween”), whose work was featured prominently throughout the first season of the series through the visuals created by a drug-addled painter with apocalyptic visions of the future.

The book is slated to reach stores this fall and will be published under DC’s WildStorm imprint. It is developed through a licensing agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group.

First Second Books announced today its plan to publish Paul Pope’s highly anticipated multi-volume Martian epic, TOTAL THB, as well as an original commission for young readers, BATTLING BOY.

Pope’s sprawling TOTAL THB-a full-color, four-volume set totaling over 1200 pages-is scheduled to release in 2009. (An oversize Deluxe Collectors edition in black and white is planned as well). TOTAL THB will include the never-before-seen final chapters of the story, whose teenage heroine HR Watson comes of age on Mars with her extraordinary protector ‘THB’, a water-activated, inflatable bodyguard.

BATTLING BOY, to be published as a series in two simultaneous volumes, introduces a youthful hero who faces off against various demons in the city of Monstropolis. It will be released by First Second in 2008.

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