This weekend is the Wizard World Convention in Chicago. News will unfold throughout the weekend, but here's a taste of what's happened so far (through Friday):
-A last-second announcement! There will be a Saturday night panel devoted to "The Dark Knight". It will be completely hush-hush, as there will be no cameras, electronics, etc. allowed throughout the proceedings. Cast and crew member appearances are being teased, as the movie is currently filming in Chicago. The camera ban also hints at actual film footage.
-Repeat announcenemt of Simone Bianchi doing artwork for Astonishing X-Men and David Finch doing 14 covers. Marvel teases that the X-Men will soon become less of a "family" and more of an "army". -Quesada described Cable as a "character on the rise", meaning reports of his demise may be a bit premature. -In some REALLY cool news, Genddy Tartakovsky (Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) will pen a four-issue Luke Cage series. But it's not just Luke Cage, but VINTAGE Luke Cage! The classic Power Man look will return and there will be plenty of blaxploitation cheesiness all around. I am SO on board for this! -Cory Walker was announced as new artist for Punisher: War Journal. The next arc will feature...Kraven? Oh, I can't wait for them to explain this one. -Quesada announced World War Hulk: Aftersmash, but did not announce writers or artists. -Ultimate universe news will not come until the end of the year. -Spider-man will begin featuring many new villains. -The Captain Marvel mini-series will begin in November.
-Dan DiDio hints at a third weekly series following Countdown. Which I hope isn't true, because with Final Crisis, that would just be overkill. -Countdown: Arena begins in December and will be fan-interactive. Three different Multiverse versions of characters will duke it out for a spot in the fearsome army of the Monarch (a.k.a. EVIL~! Captain Atom). Fans will decide the winners of each battle. -Final Crisis is the final part of a trilogy (With Identity and Infinite coming before it) and DiDio promises a satisfying end. -Action Comics Annual (the conclusion of the Last Son storyline that brought the movie versions of the Superman II villains to comics for the first time) will be released in January. -Ra's Al Ghul's resurrection will be discussed Saturday, but the story will be penned by Grant Morrison and Paul Dini (who seems to be competing with Brian Michael Bendis for the title of "Busiest Man in Comics"). -DiDio said there was not a sense of "conviction" for Vic Sage (the former Question), hence his being killed off in favor of Renee Montoya. I'd go on all day about this, but Montoya has actually filled in capably, so I can't complain. Not TOO much, anyway. -All Star Batgirl is on hold. There are NO plans for All Star Flash, which is unfortunate.
More news forthcoming, but this all looks pretty good so far.
The Wisdom of Homsar: AaAaAaAaAaAaA! Caramel corn for president, please!
One of America's premiere literary minds dead at 71. link: http://edition.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/books/12/28/obit.sontag.ap/index.html Susan, we barely knew ye. R.I.P. [Edit]: I recently read her last book, Regarding the Pain of Others.