The first-ever C2E2 — Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo — is all but over, and no doubt Brigid and Michael will have more to say about the whole experience here soon. For now, here’s a roundup of news and info coming out of various panels from today, to go with our roundups from Friday and Saturday.
- The X-Men vs. vampires storyline, whose teaser last week set off Ultimate Avengers writer Mark Millar, will run in a relaunched adjective-less X-Men title by novelist Victor Gischler and artist Paco Medina. Gischler, who fans know from his work on Punisher and Deadpool for Marvel, is no stranger to vampires, having written the novel Vampire a Go Go. “It’s going to be a nice fresh look at vampires,” Gischler told Marvel.com about his first story arc in the new title. “I think people are going to be pretty impressed.” The series begins in July.
- September brings another new X-title, as X-23 gets her own solo series written by Marjorie Liu, who wrote the recent X-23 one-shot. “X-23 is a loner at heart, but she’s been forced into a team setting for quite some time now,” Liu told Comic Book Resources. “A pack, if you will. And those conflicting instincts to be alone – and with others – will continue to tug at her. So yes, there will be a rotating supporting cast – a couple of former X-Men who, against their better judgment, will try to mentor Laura. Or at least, be there for her when she needs mentoring. That won’t be without conflict, though – physical and emotional.”
- Wolverine: Weapon X will be replaced by a new Wolverine title by Jason Aaron and Renato Guedes, with covers by Jae Lee. In it, Wolverine goes to Hell. “His soul goes to Hell, and we’re going to see what happens when he’s not around to be in control of his own body,” said editor Jenine Schaefer. The first issue ships in September. Meanwhile, the former Wolverine title, now called Dark Wolverine, will get another title change, as it becomes Daken: Dark Wolverine in September. Liu, Daniel Way and Giuseppe Camuncoli will remain as the creative team.
- Marvel is also relaunching X-Force as New X-Force in October. The current title will end after the events of “Second Coming,” but you can’t keep a good X-title down for long. The new title by writer Rick Remender and artist Jerome Opeña will feature a new team led by Wolverine. “With the exception of Wolverine this is an almost entirely new team,” Remender told Comic Book Resources. “Only one other has any previous connection to X-Force, but they’re all A-list characters. They’re big, heavy hitting characters and as the story progresses we’re going to see more and more of them. It’s a dream team. I wish I could talk about more about them. It’s exciting as hell.”
- Tim Truman and Tomas Giorello, the current creative team on Dark Horse’s soon-to-be-ending Conan the Cimmerian title, will work on a new miniseries titled King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel.
- IDW will follow up G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #155 1/2, their Free Comic Book Day offering, with an ongoing series written by Larry Hama, starting with issue #156 … picking up where the original Marvel series left off. They plan to launch another G.I. Joe title in the near future as well.
- Marvel teased the revelation of who the Red Hulk really is at their “Hulks Smash” panel, as well as at the Kirby Krackle concert on Saturday night in the form of guitar picks. Hulk #23 will finally reveal his identity in a double-sized issue loaded with guest artists. Also, Paul Tobin will write a World War Hulks spin-off miniseries, Wolverine Vs. Captain America. It pits the two hulked-out heroes against each other.
- MTV’s Splash Page has a first look at the cover to Wildstorm’s X-Files/30 Days of Night crossover series by Andrea Sorrentino.