One of the worst kept secrets within the industry was revealed publicly today when Time.com columnist Andrew Arnold ran a look at 2005s coming releases and revealed that acclaimed novelist Orson Scott Card would be writing a six-issue "Ultimate Iron Man" mini-series with pencils by Andy Kubert. In addition, it was noted the book would feature a cover enhancement like we used to see in the '90s, a foil cover by Bryan Hitch. Marvel told Time.com, "If you thought The Ultimates told you everything you needed to know about Ultimate Iron Man, think again."
Card's best known as the author of "Ender's Game" in 1986 and the sequel "Speaker for the Dead" in 1987. A first for any novelist, both won the prestigious Hugo & Nebula awards each year. The "Ender's Saga," as it's come to be known, has spawned six novels total and "Ender's Game" has been set up with Director Wolfgang Peterson for a major motion picture with Warner Bros.
Looking back at the publishing list from Time.com, there are a number of other projects worth mentioning, some new and some previously announced. For the full list, click here.
From Image Comics:
AS BIG AS EARTH
By Scott Morse and Dean Haspiel
This ongoing bimonthly will feature the super team A-OKAY Cool, Haspiel's answer to the JLA and The Avengers, while Morse brings us tales from Motionville, featuring new heroes The Scare, The Move, The Foolish Fling, and others. (June)
By Joe Casey and Tom Scioli
This over-the-top, cosmic superhero epic travels to the limits of existence and beyond. (May or June)
From Drawn & Quarterly:
By Steve Mumford
BAGHDAD JOURNAL is the culmination of three voyages to war-torn Iraq by artist Steve Mumford who in the long tradition of war artists meticulously documented the everyday scenes of Iraq. (September)
By Guy Delisle
In early 2000 cartoonist Guy Delisle became one of the few Westerners to travel to North Korea allowing him to spend several weeks observing every aspect of the lives of North Koreans. (September)
Edited by Gary Groth & Eric Reynolds
This new quarterly anthology features the best new talent in the graphic arts.
From Dark Horse Comics:
HELLBOY: THE ISLAND
Mike Mignola (w/a)
In this sequel to the 2002 HELLBOY: THIRD WISH, Hellboy, last seen at the bottom of the ocean, washes ashore on a small island that seems to sit between this world and the next. (Summer)
CONAN AND THE JEWELS OF GWAHLUR
P. Craig Russell (w/a)
In this three-part adaptation of Robert E. Howard's short story, Conan puts his military and thieving experience together in one of his last adventures before becoming King of Aquilonia. (Summer)
MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN
Bruce Campbell, David Goodman, Hilary Barta (w)
An adaptation of the upcoming Bruce Campbell feature film about a business man on vacation in Europe whose gets half of a Russian cab driver's brain put inside his head. (Summer)
HOUSE OF M (1-8)
Written by Brian Bendis, and illustrated by Olivier Coipel
This will be THE Marvel event of '05, reaching far and wide through titles such as New Avengers and X-Men but details are being kept under wraps for now. (Early June)