Joe Quesada presided over a Mondo Marvel panel presented to an over-capacity audience at Wizard World Chicago today, giving a mix of new announcements and updates on older ones, with Paul Jenkins vowing that Speedball would be dead by "Civil War: Frontline: #10. A funny side note included a cell call from Mark Millar, trying to reach Tom Brevoort (who was on the panel as well).
Interesting news included "X-23: Target X" with Craig Kyle and art by Top Cow vet Mike Choi. This project returns the popular new character to the limelight, while Kaare Andrews' previously announced "The Spider" will finally see print as "Spider-Man: Reign" later this year. "Spider-Man: Reign" has been in production for nearly two years, Quesada said. Marvel is also publishing a prequel comic for the video game "Demons of Mercy," again keeping most information about the project close to the vest. Some interior art from November's kid-friendly "Spider-Man/Power Pack" was shown (for more on the series, check out our interview with writer Marc Sumerak, as was brief glimpses of "The Immortal Iron Fist" by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction with art by David Aja. Originally the latter was slated to be a mini-series, but it's just been upgraded to an ongoing series.
Peter David arrived late, but had plenty to say about his "Wonder Man: My Fair Supervillain" five issue mini series. The project, with art by Andrew Currie, plays on the classic "My Fair Lady" and shows Simon Williams taking on the challenge of retraining a villainess named Ladykiller into a heroine, with guest appearances from Hank McCoy and Carol Danvers. David was also excited about "X-Factor," hinting at a shocking opening for issue #10 and re-visiting the concept from the original "X-Factor" run where the team was psychoanalyzed by Doc Samson. David tried to pressure Quesada, who pencilled the original, to do an alternate cover, but Quesada was noncommital. Also announced during the panel, artist Pablo Raimondi will take over the artistic chores on the title with November's issue #13. CBR News spoke with Raimondi in an interview posted earlier today.
"Onslaught Reborn" was a topic of discussion, featuring Jeph Loeb and Rob Liefeld, both of whom were in attendance. Liefeld discussed the challenge of locating all of the original Onslaught-related titles, and the sheer scale of his research for that. Keith Giffen talked a little about "Annihilation," and editors Andy Schmidt and Tom Brevoort discussed the new "What If?" series of books, which covers an alternate look at "What If? Avengers Disassembled" by Jeff Parker and Aaron Lopresti, "What If? Wolverine: Enemy of the State" by Jimmie Robinson and Carmine Di Giandomenico (with Wolverine never getting deprogrammed), "What If? Spider-Man: The Other" by Peter David and Koi Pham (with "Aunt May going toe-to-toe with the symbiote. Seriously!"), and an undisclosed "What If? Age of Apocalypse" story by Rick Remender and "What If? X-Men: Deadly Genesis" by David Hine and David Yardin.
Other projects presented, most of which were previously announced, included "Doctor Strange: The Oath" with Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin, "White Tiger" written by Tamora Pierce, J. Michael Stracynski and Tommy Lee Edwards on "Bullet Points," which takes a "The Nail" slant and looks at how one bullet could change the course of Marvel history. Alan Davis will be doing a six issue mini series on "Fantastic Four: The End," Paul Cornell and Trevor Hairsine have a six-issue Max mini series called "Wisdom" with the cigarette smoking British mutant, Kirkman and Hester taking a comedic slant on "The Irredeemable Ant-Man"
(billed as "the world's worst super hero"), Marc Guggenheim and Howard Chaykin on "Blade" (with the Daywalker taking on a mission for Doctor Doom), Loeb and Simone Bianchi settling "for once and for all" Sabertooth's relationship with Logan in "Wolverine" #50, Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz doing an "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" approach with "X-Men: First Class" talking about teenaged moments between the moments we remember for the first group out of Xavier's. Greg Pak, Aaron Lopresti and Ladronn bringing "Planet Hulk" near its conclusion in "Incredible Hulk" #98, and the return of May Parker in "Amazing Spider-Girl" with Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz in October.
Finally, Peter David talked about his anxiety on working on "The Dark Tower," but how Stephen King was pleased with his work overall and how King had influenced David's career. He also talked about "1603: Fantastic Four" a "high seas adventure" featuring Dr. Doom kidnapping Shakespeare to chronicle an expedition to find a lost civilization in hopes of fixing his face, with the FF in hot pursuit to rescue the bard.