"Mockingbird" Ongoing Series on the Way, "X-Men '92" Extended

Marvel made Thursday's Diamond Retailer Summit in Baltimore a newsworthy event with multiple announcements, including word that writer Chelsea Cain will return to "Mockingbird" for an ongoing series at some point next year. No artist has yet been announced.

Cain, a relative newcomer to comics who is primarily known as a successful novelist, wrote the "Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary" one-shot, released earlier this month. Marvel noted an "overwhelming response" to that issue as the motivation for launching the ongoing series. The character of Mockingbird has seen a definite rise in stature lately, with Bobbi Morse portrayed by Adrianne Palicki in the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." live-action TV series -- last month, it was reported that a pilot for a spinoff starring the character had been ordered. The series also increases Marvel's number of female character-led solo series, which has grown steadily after hitting 0 in late 2011.

Additionally, Newsarama has word that "X-Men '92" will return in spring 2016 as an ongoing series. The book -- which channels the characters and energy of the beloved '90s "X-Men" animated series -- launched as a "Secret Wars" miniseries, and like "Weirdworld" and "Old Man Logan," is set to last beyond the currently unfolding event.

The writing team of Chris Sims and Chad Bowers will remain on "X-Men '92," joined by new artist Alti Firmansyah. Here's Newsarama's description of the premise of the new series: "The X-Men will return from Secret Wars' Battleworld to their own universe to re-open Xavier's school. The school will have some new students however, as Cassandra Nova's pupils will be enrolling."

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