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October 14, 2013

NYCC: ‘Superior Spider-Man’ details, ‘Captain Marvel’ relaunch, more

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"Superior Spider-Man" No. 27.NOW is written by Dan Slott with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli; the arc is titled "Goblin Nation." Cover by Camuncoli. (Marvel)

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The new "Captain Marvel" No. 1 takes off in March with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist David Lopez. Cover by Leinil Yu. (Marvel)

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"Elektra" No. 1, from writer Zeb Wells and artist Mike Del Mundo, arrives in March. Cover by Del Mundo. (Marvel)

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Mitch Gerads' cover for "The Punisher" No. 1, his title with writer Nathan Edmondson that starts in February. (Marvel)

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A Marcus To variant cover for "New Warriors" No. 1. The book, which starts in February, is from To and writer Chris Yost. (Marvel)

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Paolo Siqueira's cover for "The Superior Foes of Spider-Man" No. 4, written by Nick Spencer. It came out earlier this month. (Marvel)

Marvel ended its parade of All-New Marvel Now title announcements Sunday afternoon during its “Superior Spider-Man” panel at New York Comic Con, revealing that 2014 will bring No. 1’s for a cosmic “Captain Marvel,” an independent-from-Daredevil “Elektra,” an L.A.-bound “The Punisher” and a reunited (and expanded) team of “New Warriors.”

The first unveiling, though, dealt with the hour’s titular largely reformed-villain’s-consciousness-in-a-hero’s-body: The project from writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that had been teased as “The End,” will be February’s “Superior Spider-Man” No. 27.NOW, in an arc called “Goblin Nation.” (Yes, before the end, later this year a new Green Goblin will arise. More on that later.)

“Everything, everything that’s been happening in ‘Superior Spider-Man’ so far has all just been setting up dominoes,” Slott said. “Bam! They’re all going down. Everything leads to this. Green Goblin on this side, Doc Ock Spider-Man on this side – it’s all been building to this.”

And the writer, known as the man who killed Peter Parker added: “There are no characters – I don’t care if Steve Ditko created them, if John Romita Sr. created them, I don’t care who created them – all bets are off. Anything can happen. Anyone can go at any second. I’ll do it.”

The new "Captain Marvel" No. 1 takes off in March with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist David Lopez. Cover by Leinil Yu. (Marvel)

The new “Captain Marvel” No. 1 takes off in March with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist David Lopez. Cover by Leinil Yu. (Marvel)

The rumors of “Captain Marvel’s” last issue are only partly true. The popular title written by Kelly Sue DeConnick about superheroine Carol Danvers, which had been billed as ending with the special 40-page No. 17 (Oct. 30), turned out to be the mystery title by DeConnick and artist David Lopez that had been teased as “Higher.” The reveal brought delighted screams from the passionate Carol Corps members in the crowd, some dressed as the determined, energetic (and energy-blasting) character.

“ ‘Higher’ – literally – we’re taking her cosmic,” DeConnick said of the plan that begins to unfold in the new No. 1 in March, and then, censoring a song lyric on the convention’s kids day, continued: “You know that moment in the song ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ when [Johnny] says, ‘I done told you once, you son of a gun, I’m the best there’s ever been’? That’s Carol. That is everything there is about Carol.”

Captain Marvel is going to space, the writer said, to do her thing in a “Flash Gordon-y, Buck Rogers, I’m-a-pilot-and-American-hero” way. The first arc is titled “Higher, Faster, Further, More,” a nod back to the first issue of the current run, which had a letter from her aviation mentor Helen Cobb to Carol with that sentiment.

Senior editor Stephen Wacker, the panel’s moderator, said he thinks that in five years Captain Marvel will be the company’s most recognizable character. The Carol Corps would love nothing more.

"Elektra" No. 1, from writer Zeb Wells and artist Mike Del Mundo, arrives in March. Cover by Del Mundo. (Marvel)

“Elektra” No. 1, from writer Zeb Wells and artist Mike Del Mundo, arrives in March. Cover by Del Mundo. (Marvel)

In another announcement that finds a female character in her own solo title, the book by writer Zeb Wells and artist Mike Del Mundo that was code-named “Assassin” is “Elektra” No. 1., due in March. Wacker said Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” writer Mark Waid and Wells have been working together on setting up the story.

The series’ editor, Sana Amanat, said the story line has “some of what Frank Miller and [Bill] Sienkiewicz did years and years ago” but takes the character to a different place to “show who Elektra is when she no longer has [Daredevil,] the one person in her life who means more than anything to her … the only human connection she has.”

Her assignment is to kill a guild of assassins, Amanat said, which will take her all over the world.

And one more thing: Though Elektra is keeping her costume, “I’m covering up her butt just a little bit,” Amanat said. The cheers were much louder than the two or three jeers.

Over in his new series, New York’s skull-shirt-sporting killer vigilante Frank Castle will bring his arsenal to Los Angeles.

“Punisher” No. 1, by writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Mitch Gerads, is set to unload in February. Editor Jake Thomas said Frank heads to the West Coast because he thinks he’s found “the head of the snake.”

Mitch Gerads' cover for "The Punisher" No. 1, his title with writer Nathan Edmondson that starts in February. (Marvel)

Mitch Gerads’ cover for “The Punisher” No. 1, his title with writer Nathan Edmondson that starts in February. (Marvel)

But the Punisher will be both predator and prey: A secret government agency is hunting him. “They’re going to be known as the 141 until they’re not,” the editor said, and suggested the moment when they’re not will be quite the reveal.

The new “New Warriors” roster includes Nova, Justice, Scarlet Spider, Speedball, Sun Girl and more. The No. 1 from writer Chris Yost and artist Marcus To (a team that worked on “Red Robin” at DC a few years back) lands in February.

Amanat, the series’ editor, said the idea behind it involves bringing together “all backgrounds and all races and all colors.” Atlanteans, Deviants, clones, mutants are all considered threats by the super-intelligent and super-dangerous geneticist known as the High Evolutionary. The New Warriors come together to protect the ones they love, she said, and the book will answer the questions of the purpose of the team when the Avengers already exist and who these characters can become.

Wacker said the “New Warriors” vibe the creative team is going for is somewhere between that of Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s “Teen Titans” and Brian K. Vaughan’s “Runaways.”

Current Spider-titles were also discussed. The rundown:

– The twice-monthly “Superior Spider-Man’s” November issues, Nos. 20-21, featuring the Black Cat and former Doc Ock flame Stunner, will have readers yelling “no,” Slott said. “If this is a book that torments you and you love to hate, you will love to hate even more.” Regarding the following issues featuring Venom (Flash Thompson), Slott noted that the character no longer has his own book, so anything can happen: “I have a trail of bodies behind me; don’t think I won’t do it.” Also, the “Venom: Darkest Hours” arc, co-written with Christos Gage, will introduce that new Goblin.

– November brings a “Superior Spider-Man” annual written by Gage and drawn by Javier Rodriguez, in which Aunt May sees the darker side of the title character. And what happens in the story leads in to the next big Spider-Man event, Slott said.

– “Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 700.1, .2, .3, .4, .5 arrive in December, a year after Peter Parker’s demise in “ASM” No. 700, and feature tales of the original Spider-Man told by talents including Joe Casey (co-creator of “Ben 10”), Dave Morrell (author of the novel “First Blood,” which introduced Rambo) and Klaus Janson (“Daredevil,” “The Dark Knight Returns” with Frank Miller). And there’s a Black Cat story by writer Jen Van Meter and artist Emma Rios.

– “Superior Spider-Man Team-Up” No. 6 by Chris Yost and Marco Checchetto has the perhaps overconfident former Doctor Octopus trying to turn his old Sinister Six into a team fit for Spider-Man, a Superior Six, and facing off with the Masters of Evil. The cover for No. 9 included Punisher, Daredevil and Green Goblin.

– “You do not think when you’re pitching Marvel on a book starring Boomerang that you are going to get a green light,” “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” writer Nick Spencer said. Coming up, readers of that offbeat series about a five-member Sinister Six will learn more about the new, female Beetle. And the team will try to steal the human head of the largely robotic Silvermane.

– Blake Hennon | @BlakeHennon | @LATHeroComplex

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