Bob Wayne moderated the Wildstorm/CMX panel at this year’s New York Comic Con, with Hank Kanalz, writers Gail Simone, Christos Gage, Mark Bernadin and Brian Azzarello, Asako Suzuki, director of manga at CMX. Brian K. Vaughan and artist Whilce Portacio joined the panel already in progress.
The first title featured in the slideshow presentation was “Grifter and Midnighter” by Chuck Dixon and Ryan Benjamin.
The upcoming “Worldstorm” #2 will have two stories, the first with words by Christos Gage and art by Ryan Sook, and features an all-new, female Backlash teaming up with Savant to break into Stormwatch Prime HQ. The second boasts the creative team of Keith Giffen and Phil Jimenez.
Wayne then mentioned the upcoming issue of “Midnighter” written by Brian K. Vaughan and penciled by Darrick Robertson. “Ennis tricked me into doing it,” Vaughan admitted. “I’m really proud of it, I didn’t think I would be.” Vaughan went on to explain that he drops the middle initial from his name on stories that he’s not proud of.
“Authority” #2 by Grant Morrison and Gene Ha is coming out in a matter of weeks, and panelists assured the crowd that the title team would in fact make an appearance in the second installment. Wayne promised that the second issue of “Wildcats” is on the way as well. “Go to Jim Lee’s MySpace and ask him for details, he loves getting those posts,” Wayne said. Speaking of Jim Lee, Kanalz announced that his original run on “Wildcats” is being collected in an absolute edition.
Mark Bernadin introduced his new project, “Highwaymen,” about a pair of former couriers brought out of retirement to transport a dangerous biological weapon. “Highwaymen” is co-written by Adam Freeman, with pencils by Lee Garbett. “It’s like if Billy Connolly and Red Fox went on a road trip and both had turrets,” Bernadin said.
After flipping the slide to “Stormwatch PHD,” Wayne mentioned that writer Christos Gage was heralded by Wizard Magazine as the “Writer to Watch for 2007,” a fact which Gage vowed he’d never let anyone forget. Issue #5 explains why many of the thought-dead members of the team are still among the living, and #6 is the first of a two-parter which goes into the history of John Duran. And starting with issue #8, Andy Smith is taking over the penciling duties on the book.
Of “Deathblow,” Azzarello said, “his civilian life is still up in the air. He doesn’t know muc about his family or the talking dog that lives next door. And the kids have guns.” Azzarello said that Deathblow doesn’t play well with the superhero types, so don’t expect to see this book crossing over with the other Wildstorm titles anytime soon. But do keep your eyes open for the first appearance of a new character called Osamasaurus.
Simone announced that “Gen 13” would see appearances by “Welcome to Tranquility’s” Liberty Snots and a new team called the Authoriteens. As far as “Welcome to Tranquility” goes, all Simone had to say was this: “A certain number of zombies will be happening.”
Portacio touted an upcoming issue of “Wetworks” in which the original team battle a united front of mutated vampires.
Wayne also announced a book called “Alan Moore’s Wild Words,” which compiles the best of the legendary writer’s work in the Wildstorm universe.
Moving on to CMX, Kanalz said that the next installment of “Megatoyko” is collecting chapters 7 and 8 of the online web comic and will be released in April.
Suzuki announced a new “Gon” series to be release by CMX this July. “This time, unlike Paradox Press, we’re releasing it in original Japanese format.”
There will also be a new book coming out this April called “Canon,” about the only survivor of a vampire attack seeking vengeance against guilty vampire.
“Apothecarius Argentum” will feature a Basilisk tasked to kill the Royal Family.
“Samurai Commando: Mission 1549” tells a tale of the modern Japanese military traveling back in time to feudal Japan in an attempt to conquer the country and change its history.
“I Hate You More Than Anyone” tells the story of a teen who has difficulty expressing her feelings who goes on to get a haircut from the man who she hates the most.
“King of Cards” is about a girl who rises to the top of the collectible card game circuit with the help of one of the characters on the cards.
Wayne announced Wildstorm’s “Danger Girl: Body Shots,” in which the title character is being pursued by a “sexy assassin.”
Vaughan took a few minutes to tell fans what was in store in the last half of “Ex Machina.” “The mayor is gonna get a haircut from someone he hates most in the world,” Vaughan joked. The upcoming arc “Power Down” is about the 2003 New York power outage. Vaughan also promised that upcoming issues would reveal more about how Mitchell got his extraordinary powers. And he made an announcement that was even news to the people at Wildstorm: a story arc called “Ex Cathedra.”
Wildstorm is teaming up with the WB to bring the latter’s series “Supernatural” to comic books in “Supernatural: Origins” which promises to delve into the origins of the show’s mythology. The first issue will feature two stories, the first by Peter Johnson and Matthew Smith and the second by Geoff Johns and Phil Hester. And Wildstorm’s licensed horror properties “Friday the 13th,” “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Texas Chainsaw” massacre are continuing unabated.
Wayne was emphatic that they had nothing new to announce about the fate of Garth Ennis’ “The Boys.” And of the appearance of the bleed in the DCU book “Ion,” Kanalz said: “All will be revealed.”
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