Editor Nick Lowe introduced the panel, with Marjorie Liu, Brian Wood, Jeanine Schaefer, Peter David, Dennis Hopeless, Daniel Ketchum, Jordan White, Charles Soule, Simon Spurrier all up for the first big Marvel panel of the convention.
Started by talking about Amazing X-Men, launching in November from Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness. He said McGuinness has been begging to draw Nightcrawler for years. He teased that they’ll be journeying to heaven and hell to search for Nightcrawler. The “secret of the BAMFs” will be answered in Amazing X-Men, Lowe promised “And the little red ones, too.”
Next was X-Men by Brian Wood, with a new arc featuring Terry Dodson on art, and Monet joining the team. He said “she was actually on my initial list, so I’m thrilled to add her to the cast.” Lowe added that he likes her “‘tude” in a sufficiently 90s manner.
Wolverine and the X-Men will be dealing with S.H.I.E.L.D., and helping to reestablish the X-Men’s connection to the larger Marvel Universe in the coming months.
Uncanny X-Men will be dealing with the big Inhumanity explosion of new Inhumans, will have a character debut that “will have people throwing things at Bendis.” After that is a Magneto spotlight issue that “can’t be missed,” said Lowe.
Savage Wolverine, which is now being used as a spotlight book for artists to write and draw their signature Wolverine story. Currently Jock is working on the book, then it’s Phil Jimenez. Schaeffer says “you won’t read a Wolverine story like these ever again.” The “Wrath” teaser is for Richard Isanove, who is taking over Savage Wolverine with #14.NOW in January. It takes place in the 30s, with “everything you know and love for Wolverine, Vengeance, Betrayal, all that amazing stuff,” said Schaeffer.
Wolverine has a current arc called “Killable,” which ends in December 2013. “Wolverine’s been dealing with missing his healing factor,” said Schaeffer. “Written by Paul Cornell, drawn by Alan Davis, he has mercenaries set upon him by Sabretooth, and this is the endgame, it’s his final confrontation. Will he get his healing factor back, will he not? I know you all think you have the answer, but I promise you won’t see the end coming.”
X-Men Legacy brought Si Spurrier to the microphone, and he thanked fans for giving it a chance. “A really big thank you to those of you who have been brave enough to try a really different book. I’ve really fallen in love with this cast of characters. Keep an eye on the news, because there are big things coming up.”
Uncanny X-Force and Cable and X-Force will clash in January with a crossover “where Cable kicks the shit out of those imposters,” said Hopeless. The crossover is called “Vendetta.” The event will be weekly for the month of January, with two issues of each shipping that month. Stryfe returns and also gets into the mix with both teams.
Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe got some love from White, who said it’s “a terrific series, and I hope people give it a chance.”
A farewell to Astonishing X-Men followed, with Marjorie Liu talking about “the honor” of writing the book. “My goal setting out was to show the X-Men as real people. These are folks you could run into walking around the streets of New York. I had so much fun writing this book.” Lowe pointed out a theme he loved in the book, that “it’s best to be different,” and Liu echoed, “If you’re yourself, you’ll find your family.”
“Judgement” and “Trial” refer to “The Trial of Jean Grey,” a crossover in All-New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy starting in January. “This is the first time we’re saying, the original X-Men will be sticking around after Battle of the Atom, but I can’t tell you how.” It’s a six-issue story, three issues of each book. In the story, the other races in the galaxy, including the Shi’ar decide that they should hold young Jean Grey on trial for the Phoenix’s crimes over the years. “I can’t wait until you get the interactions between the All-New X-Men and the Guardians.” There are also “surprise characters” and “Brian Bendis is firing on all cylinders on this.” A cover to All-New X-Men shows X-23, who is joining the cast, kissing a silhouetted character. Dennis Hopeless joked, “they don’t mind spoiling Avengers Arena with that cover, but won’t spoil “Battle of the Atom,” I see how it is.”
All-New X-Factor was the “Corporate” teaser with Peter David. It’s a “very different take on X-Factor,” Lowe teased. David thanked people for coming to an early panel. “My work tends to stay rooted in the real world, aside from occasional battles with hell. In the real world, the Corporate presence is everywhere. I thought about it, and why wouldn’t a corporation get into a team of superheroes? So I created Serval Industries, a company that started out by creating the largest search engine in the Marvel Universe, and decides to create a superhero team. He bought the name X-Factor off Jamie Madrox, and is assembling a team. He brought Polaris on, and the two other members in issue 1 are Quicksilver and Gambit, which will be fun for me, cause I’ve never written Gambit! There are three other members of the team, but I am not allowed to tell you yet.” David said of his cast, “Quicksilver is interesting because Gambit doesn’t trust him as far as he can throw him. Nobody does. A lot of it is centering on his relationship with Polaris, his half-sister. We’ll play with that, while Gambit is constantly saying “you can’t trust him!””
Deadpool was next, and Gerry Duggan said that “we’re playing a pretty long game, a pretty fun game. We are plotted out a long ways out, there’s gonna be some real consequences out of #19 that will change Deadpool. His life is changing.” #20 will be another “fake inventory issue” with Deadpool in the 60s, drawn by Scott Koblish.
Deadpool Annual #1 coming in November by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Evan “Doc” Shaner. White said that it “will answer a question a lot of people have been asking: whatever happened to Deadpool’s white caption boxes?”
With that, Lowe announced that it was announcement time. With All-New Marvel NOW, books are launching and others are getting new arcs and pushes. The already announced She-Hulk by Charles Soule was up first, and Soule noted that as a practicing attorney, he’s excited to write an attorney character. “She’s put in a position where she really has something to prove, to herself and those around her. The premise we’ve come up with allows her to interact with all different corners of the Marvel Universe. She can meet almost anyone in the Marvel Universe at any time. And the art is gorgeous, take my word for it.”
Next, Lowe showed the “Sinners” teaser, which was teasing Ghost Rider joining Thunderbolts. Soule confirmed it’s Johnny Blaze, and “putting him on the team was a natural fit. The Thunderbolts have a huge problem to solve, and they think he’s the guy who can get it done.” The title of the arc is “No Mercy,” and it starts with #20.NOW in January 2014. “There’s a character on the team named Mercy, so that title may have more than one meaning!”
What do you think of these announcements so far?