Thursday Trending Topics: Marvel NOW! News

In a trend that’s sure to continue over the next week — and in the months to come — a few new tidbits about Marvel NOW! loomed large in the day’s news cycle.  With lots of buildup to happen between now and October, and weekly launches thereafter for five months, Marvel NOW! news should be a regular trending topic here for quite awhile, just as New 52 was a year ago.

Most-Read Comic Stories Today:

Marvel NOW!: New Avengers #1 By Jonathan Hickman And Steve Epting For January 

As well as Jonathan Hickman writing the Avengers Marvel NOW! Relaunch, he will also be writing New Avengers, with Steve Epting on art, with #1 on sale from January 2013.

Black Lightning Or Black Lightening?

Tony Isabella has always maintained that the creation of Black Lightning for DC Comics was intended as a publishing partnership, with Isabella receiving a greater creator royalty for the use of the character, with an increased amount for extra-media use. But for that reason, it seems that DC Comics went out of their way not to use the character in other media, to the extent that the character was renamed and redesigned as Black Vulcan for the Superfriends cartoon even if the character and his powers remained unchanged.

Marvel NOW!: Scarlet Witch Fights Alongside Rogue In Uncanny Avengers #1 

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly (who are still claiming an exclusive on revealing the existence of Marvel NOW, the bastards) is the cover to Uncanny Avengers #1 by John Cassaday, showing the team, at least initially, of Wolverine, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Rogue and Havok.

Most-Read TV/Film Stories Today:

Sony Specify Their New Spider-Man Trilogy Game Plan 

It’s obvious from watching The Amazing Spider-Man that the film doesn’t quite work as a standalone piece at every turn. Indeed, I feel the last act, particularly the closing scenes, offer a lot of dangling threads that could perhaps have been tidied up nicely.

Amazing Spider-Man Concept Art For The Lizard And Scary Spider-Man That We Never Got 

It seems that early designs for The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man were based upon Chris Cooper. It seems fairly likely, then, that he was attached to the role at some point, or at least on the Want! list.

Elysium Image – A Gun So Big It Has To Hold On To Matt Damon As Much As He Holds On To It 

Very little is known about the film’s plot so far, though we did have a little blurb recently, and there’s almost certainly going to be some footage unveiled at Comic Con next week. I don’t know about you but I’m rooting for a more “classical”, less “seasicky” style than District 9.

 

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Bill & Ted, The Con Job And Hit: 1957 Leads BOOM! Studios March 2015 Solicitations

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The Eisner Award Judges For 2015 Named – Get Those Fruit Baskets Ready

Cyborg And Submarines – Clip From Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis

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Fire At Komico Of Montreal….

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Sony Cancels The Interview, Gives In To The Hackers

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Make That 60 Covers For Star Wars #1, Thanks To Pasqual Ferry And ThinkGeek

In One Week, In Two Weeks – Garbage Pail Kids, They’re Not Like Us

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The Comic Book Adaptation Taken Down By North Korea

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Ken Levine, Creator Of Bioshock, Hints At Radical New Game

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Your Loot Crate Exclusive Batman Funko Pop Has An Interesting New Look….