Yeah, there was some! I know, it's easy to miss among all the movie panels and cosplayers and hoopla, but comics publishers did show up and announce a bevy of new titles — including a ton of great comics from the non-spandex crowd. Here's what you need to know!
Marvel's big news was of course the first details about their Star Wars comics, including Jason Aaron and John Cassaday's Star Wars, following the Rebellion's fight against the Empire, as well as series titled and focusing on Princess Leia and Darth Vader (more info here). The second big announcement was SHIELD #1, which will put the agents of the hit TV series Agents of SHIELD into the proper Marvel comics universe, and allow the TV team to hang out with a wide variety of Marvel superheroes and have adventures no TV show budget could handle.
Sam Wilson's new Cap will join the Avengers in an aptly titled Captain America and the Mighty Avengers. Spider-Woman will receive a new monthly ongoing series as part of the "Spider-Verse" event. Ex-Spawn character Angela will also get her own Marvel series, titled Angela: Asgard's Assassin. So it's nice to see she's getting work.
Marvel will also follow-up Warren's Ellis' excellent stand-alone Avengers graphic novel Endless Wartime with a new one titled Rage of Ultron, by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena. You can probably guess what its about, but it will have a significant impact on regular Marvel continuity, Remender said.
And finally, Marvel will follow up September's "The Death of Wolverine" event — in which the beloved character will totally, really die for all time — with "The Weapon X Program," featuring a mysterious new version of the top-secret program.
DC's big announcement was of course Grant Morrison's new project, dubbed Multiversity. It'll be set on many, many different dimensions, as things that happen on one Earth impact events on other Earths. It's about fiction, the fourth wall, comic books as music… it's basically the Grant Morrison-iest thing ever, which means it'll be brilliant and confused and awesome and most people will have no idea what it's about.
Meanwhile, Vertigo announced: The Names, about a young wife who discovers a shadowy cabal controlling the world's finances after her husband's suicide; The Kitchen, about the wives of Irish gangsters in 1970s' New York's Hell's Kitchen, who take over their husbands' criminal empire when they go to jail; Suiciders, a post-apocalyptic tale set in the walled citadel of New Angles and dilapidated, run-down slum of Lost Angeles next to it; and Bodies, about a time-traveling serial killer in 1890, 1940, 2014 and 2050.
IDW had a solid showing, revealing the loss of the Doctor Who license won't set them back a bit. The biggest announcement was of course Star Trek/Planet of the Apes, where the crew of the Enterprise gets involved in an ape civil war along with the Klingons. But IDW will also begin a new ongoing series based on the cult favorite movies Galaxy Quest and Edward Scissorhands, The '80s trading phenomenon Garbage Pail Kids will also receive a comic.
Most intriguing is Shadow Show, a new anthology based on the works of scifi master Ray Bradbury (which the top image of this article comes from). Look for the series to include tales by Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Harlan Ellison and more.
Image announced a full dozen new series. Let's break 'em down:
• Tokyo Ghosts, by Rick Remender and Sean Murphy, where law is created by entertainment companies, as two constables are sent on a mission that takes them to the lost nation of Tokyo.
• From Under Mountains, a new series from Brandon Graham's 8House comics line, by Marian Churchland, Claire Gibson, and Sloane Leong. The fate of rival house is held in the hands of a knight, a thief, a lord's daughter, and several goblins and witches.
• Valhalla Mad, about gods returning to earth to party and discovering its many changes, by Joe Casey and Paul Maybury.
• Rumble by John Arcudi and James Harren, which Image describes as "like a scarecrow-Conan fighting in a Louis CK TV show directed by David Fincher."
• Southern Cross by Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger. A woman takes a flight to Titan to investigate her sister's mysterious death.
• Descender: One robot tries to stay alive on a planet where androids are outlawed. By Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen.
• Drifter: When a space transport crashes on an unknown planet, a frontier town arises on an alien word. By Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein.
• Injection, by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, about the consequences of the world's increasing spiral into chaos.
• Intersect, by Ray Fawkes. Official summary: "Bodies shift and merge, warring with themselves. Blood rains from the skies. A child's song is translated into toxic, thought-destroying whispers. Everything is changing. Everything is wrong."
• The Humans, by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely, a group of… humans take a trip to oblivion. Both sex and bananas are involved, apparently.
• Tooth and Claw, by Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey — a group of wizards summons a champion from beyond to save their world, but accidentally make things much, much worse.
• Invisible Republic, by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, which "explores the secret history of one man's rise to power after an unspeakable act of violence elevates him to folk-hero status on a war-torn planet seeking independence."
Boom is cornering the market on comic adaptations of awesome '80s movies starring Kurt Russell; they'll begin an ongoing series based on Escape from New York, set immediately after the movie's final scene, and will follow Snake Plisskin as he discovers the state of the rest of America. They'll also be co-publishing the Trek/PotA crossover with IDW.
The long-awaited sequel to the hit movie Fight Club will finally arrive in 2015, thanks to Dark Horse Comics. The 10-issue series, written by author Chuck Palahniuk with art by Cameron Stewart, stars the narrator, Tyler Durden, Marla Singer, and the narrator's 9-year-old son, in which the narrator pretty much perpetrates the same mistakes his own father made.
Titan announced six new series; I'll let the official press release describe them: "1) alien planet adventure Thunder Hunter by Mark A. Nelson; 2) teenage horror Gravestown by Roger Gibson and Vince Danks, which is described as "a twisted The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe"; 3) environmental horror Surface Tension by Jay Gunn; 4) manga-infused police thriller Man Plus by André Lima Araújo; 5) turn of the century adventure Adler: Woman of Mystery by Lavie Tidhar and Paul McCaffrey, featuring Sherlock Holmes femme fatale Irene Adler, and 6) spy actioner Scarlett Couture by Des Taylor." Let's see if they can do Irene Adler right, huh?