A lot of news over the weekend at both Heroes Con and WizWorld Philly. We’re just going to give some bullet points, because not only do you have to read 80 comics a month to follow the story, but you now have to read 80 comics a month to even COVER the story. The Charlotte/Philly news coverage included so many crossovers (phone calls from Bob Wayne to Dan Didio on panels) and articles that referenced interviews that had just been broken, and previous continuity that it is making our head twirl. We will, however, write headlines, so you can see if you even care.
EDIT: SPOILERS! SPOILER IN THE JUMP!!!! SPOILERS!!! We warned you.
• MCDUFFIE TO JLA: Dwayne McDuffie is taking over writing JLA with issue #13 after Brad Meltzer leaves. McDuffie is one of the producers on the JLA cartoon, so this is pretty good news. Wizard interviews him.
• WAID BACK ON NEWLY RENUMBERED FLASH: THE FLASH will be cancellled with issue #13, out on Wednesday, which supposedly reveals some big Flash news. Issues #14 and #15 were solicited but those were fake solicits. Popular Flash writer Mark Waid will return to the character in the fall with issue #231, which picks up where the OLD flash title left off last year. Daniel Acuna will be the artist. In the meantime, this September brings a one shot, ALL FLASH #1 written by Waid with various artists. (We’re not sure exactly which issue has the cover at left where the Flash is attacked by a giant vagina with teeth AND tentacles, but it sure is HOT.)
• CHALLENGERS OF THE BEYOND Donna Troy, Jason Todd, and Kyle Rayner are going to become a team called Challengers of the Beyond, exploring the Crime Syndicate world, as well as the “Blood Reign” vampire world.
• ELEKTRA WAS A SKRULL: It was recently revealed in NEW AVENGERS #31 that the Elektra character who has been running around for quite some time now was a SKRULL! (These are shape shifting aliens.) Internet chatter speculates that this means that everyone who has been acting weird or been killed or whatnot over the last year or so may turn out to be a Skrull too. There’s also speculation that maybe this will allow Frank Miller to do something for Marvel, once his busy schedule clears up in about five years, since he always said he wouldn’t do anything for them until Elektra was dead again.
• AMAZING SPIDER-MAN GOES THREE TIMES A MONTH: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and Sensational Spider-Man are being cancelled, and instead flagship title Amazing Spider-Man will come out three times a month. So THIS is what editor Steve Wacker will be putting his experience editing weekly comics to use on. The new Spidey story line is called “Brand New Day” which many fans suspect will be a way to get Peter and MJ unmarried. Why don’t they just go to Mexico? The creative teams on the three times a month Spidey will be announced at San Diego. Wacker interviewed here.
• Peter David is taking over writing SHE-HULK when Dan Slott leaves, starting with issue #22.
If we had a lot more free time we would read all the panel reports for the jokes that reveal so much more than the news, like this one:
A fan asked when All-Star Batgirl by Geoff Johns will come out, with Carlin sarcastically asking “Why should All-Star Batgirl come out? None of the other ones do.” Wayne then said they learned their lesson from All-Star Batman & Robin and All-Star Superman to have a few is-sues in the can before anything is released, so they can “disappoint you in the middle of the story instead of the beginning,” he joked.
Bonus: The Pulse reports on Heroes Con’s Mini Comics panel