by Jeremy DeFatta
Good day, everyone! Today, I have a comics and comics-related news roundup. Much like the last one I put together, this is by no means comprehensive. Rather, I am simply listing and commenting on those things that have stood out to me in my online voyaging in recent weeks. Let’s dive right in.
It looks like all of the upcoming Netflix series (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and the Defenders) will be filmed in New York City. Daredevil, the first of the new series, will begin filming this July. Apparently, rumors have surfaced that Michael C. Hall (of Dexter fame) is being sought to portray Matt Murdock/Daredevil. I’m pretty cool with this.
There have been a lot (and I mean A LOT) of Avengers 2 set pictures making the rounds over the last week. We have our first looks at Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, Ultron, and new costumes for Hawkeye and Iron Man. What happened to the days when there wasn’t a voluminous amount of information about a movie available over a year before it even came out? I kind of miss that.
Amy Acker (of several other Joss Whedon projects) is joining Agents of SHIELD as Agent Coulsen’s former girlfriend, the mysterious cellist mentioned in the Avengers. I think this is pretty cool and I want to return to Coulsen, his death/resurrection, SHIELD, and the Avengers franchise in a future post.
This summer, Marvel is starting up a new Spider-Man 2099 series written by Peter David, the same writer who helmed the original series back in the 90s. This is pretty much a lot of fans’ greatest dream come true, and I am sure it will not disappoint. David has had a long time to hone his skills even further, and his long run on X-Factor confirms he has great comics writing chops. I am really looking forward to this and will likely offer some reviews later on once the series starts up.
DC is finally stepping up and starting some celebratory advertising for Batman’s 75th anniversary this year. They just recently released a specialty logo for the event.
DC has announced several new entries in its series of standalone, continuity-free Earth One hardcover volumes—this includes a Teen Titans book, Superman volume 3, Batman volume 2, and an update on Grant Morrison’s Wonder Woman book. I’ve enjoyed Straczynski’s first two Superman books and Geoff Johns’s first Batman book, so I’m actually looking forward to these.
Though the creative team leaves much to be desired, there is going to be a new Forever People series this summer. The Forever People was one of the original titles that made up Jack Kirby’s Fourth World stories for DC, which introduced the New Gods (such as Orion, Highfather, Darkseid, and many others). The New Gods were reintroduced a bit at a time into the New 52, with Darkseid standing in as the cosmic threat that necessitated the initial formation of the Justice League, and with Wonder Woman recently visiting New Genesis and having a few awkward fist fights with Orion. I really want to return to the mythology of Kirby’s New Gods in a future post, and I am glad DC sees fit to use these characters and this setting again moving forward. I will likely also offer up some reviews of this over the summer.
That’s it for now. What are your thoughts on these announcements? Are there any big pieces of news I somehow overlooked? Let me know in the comments below. Remember to support your local comics shops. Tweet me @quaintjeremy.
image: Daredevil, Chibidamz/Deviant Art