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Comics in 2011: What's happening in the coming year and what YOU hope to see.

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With 2010's end all but a formality and a new year upon us, I thought it might be nice to sit down together and have a look at all the possibly wonderful things that DC, Marvel, Image and all the other comic companies have in store for us in 2011. Plus I thought it'd be neat to see what YOU, the readers (and potential readers) of GAF expect and/or hope to see happen over the course of the new year. Below is a list I've compiled of storylines, projects and events we know are happening or potentially happening in the weeks and months ahead; this list is by no means complete, I'll admit, so if I've missed something that's hype-worthy then please inform us all.

Here's what you can expect to see in 2011...

DC's biggest news event of 2010, aside from the company's absorption into Warner Bros and subsequent restructuring, was arguably the return of Bruce Wayne to the role of Batman. Under the capable direction of Grant Morrison, look for Wayne and his ambitiout plans to dominate headlines once again, as Batman Incorporated is just getting started, and will play out across all Bat-Titles throughout 2011. We're already seeing its influence take hold in fact, with early shakeups for Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, with the (figurative) "Death of Oracle" storyline. Also, a new member joins the Bat-Family in February, as JH Williams III's much-anticipated Batwoman series makes its first-issue debut. And let's not forget about Geoff Johns delayed project, Batman: Earth One; that should be making its way to stores nationwide sometime in 2011.

After the Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night, the Green Lantern books continue to ride a high that will only gain momentum as we approach the release of this summer's live-action film adaptation. To capitalize on that event, Geoff Johns and his fellow Lantern writers have been laying the groundwork for a storyline called War of the Green Lanterns that promises to shake up the status quo in the Corps for the forseeable future. 2011 will also mark the conclusion of two series spawned from Blackest Night, Brightest Day and Justice League: Generation Lost. What will be the result? Rumors are circulating that new Aquaman and JLI series may be in the works.

With both of its currently running bi-weekly series coming to an end in 2011, DC has already announced a new one to take their place. Based on the upcoming Sony MMORPG slated for the PS3/PC, the DC Universe Online Legends series is set to begin in February and will offer an exciting out-of-continuity story to both fans of comics and video games.

With Superman still "Grounded", the Super-family of books have been pretty quiet as of late. Even though J Michael Straczynski has moved on from monthly comics to fast-track his Superman: Earth One sequel possibly for the coming year, the storylines he began in Superman and Wonder Woman will continue in his absence under new writers. Look for those stories to end sometime in 2011. And even though he's no longer headlining the book, one can't talk about Superman in 2011 without mentioning the upcoming milestone of the 900th issue of Action Comics. Also playing out across the Super-titles in the next few months, Reign of Doomsday, which sees the unstoppable monster return and wreak havoc in the DCU once again.

With all of the excitement over Batman and Green Lantern, and the contraversies surrounding Superman and Wonder Woman, the Flash became somewhat overlooked in 2010 thanks in no small part to the delays in the "Rebirth" miniseries. Geoff Johns hopes to change that in 2011, with the upcoming crossover event titled Flashpoint. Not much has been revealed yet other than its involving the Reverse-Flashes and time itself, but folks are already speculating that Johns is set to do for the Flash what he did for Green Lantern.

Unannounced and/or unconfirmed: Grant Morrison's "Multiversity", an exploration of the 52 universes of DC Comics; Frank Miller's "Holy Terror" Batman miniseries; Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso reunite for a brand new Vertigo series.

In 2010 Marvel seemingly put an end to its "Dark" period of villains ruling the day with the crossover event Seige, and ushered in a new "Heroic Age" for its heroes. As was recently revealed, in 2011 their next major event will be titled Fear Itself, and if promotional art is any indication it will span the entire Marvel Universe this time. Not much has been revealed yet however, though recent solicitations seem to indicate it will involve the Red Skull and a secret, darker aspect of Marvel's past history. You can be sure though that this event will dominate and shape Marvel's direction in the months to come.

Other than 'Fear Itself', the big focus for Marvel this year will be on its two stars gracing the big screen later this summer. Next year Marvel celebrates Captain America's 70th Anniversary just in time for the blockbuster film adaptation, and you can bet they have a whole slew of Cap-related books and tie-ins just waiting to be unleashed on a curious public. But the big question remains: will Bucky still be Marvel's Cap in '11? Or are we already starting to see indications that Steve Rogers will reclaim his shield? And even though they sort of (figuratively) blew their load on him in 2010, don't think that Marvel has forgotten its god of Thunder; they'll continue to promote Thor and his comics until well after the film's debut.

His Broadway show is a disaster and his movie franchise doesn't reboot until 2012, but Spider-Man still holds the title of "Marvel's most recognizable property" for now and we can expect to see quite a bit of him in 2011. Dan Slott's Big Time story continues to roll on in Amazing, and sees the debut of another new suit of Spider-Armor come March, and the recently announced Death of (Ultimate) Spider-Man storyline is already drawing a huge buzz, especially with the recently announced return of artist Mark Bagley. Top that off with the announcement of a new Venom ongoing series by Rick Remender, and 2011 is shaping up to be a big year for the arachnid hero.

The Fantastic Four changes in a big way in 2011. Series writer Jonathan Hickman's early plans for Marvel's "First Family" come to fruition in issue #587, with the death of a founding member and the series' end at issue #588. Marvel will then relaunch the series in March, titled simply FF; that's only the beginning, however, as Hickman continues to guide the team (in whatever new form it may take) towards his long-term goal (and the 600th issue) in the coming year. Skeptics' eyes have been rolling for quite some time now, but Hickman's run has been absolutely brilliant so far and this latest development is generating massive amounts of publicity and hype. Even Vegas oddsmakers are getting in on the action.

Recent years have seen Marvel's X-Men franchise fall from "favored son" status down to "redheaded stepchild" somewhat; but after 2010's "Second Coming" and "Heroic Age" events Marvel have taken steps to draw the mutants closer to their fellow heroes and the overall picture. And, with a film franchise reboot due out next year, you can expect Marvel to push their X-branded characters into prominence once again in 2011. In the alternate-reality crossover saga Age of X from writer Mike Carey, readers can expect to see a different kind of X-Men emerge. And in the recently revealed First to Last storyline, the current X-Men team looks to be facing off against... the classic X-Men? Plus you can expect a continued push for Marvel's favorite clawed family, as Wolverine, X-23, and Daken all cross paths and trade wounds in the year to come. Also: some of those blasted Deadpool comics are getting cancelled!

Also on the horizon: the return of Crossgen Comics at new parent Marvel; a new team of cosmic heroes emerges in the Annihilators; a new Moon Knight ongoing series from Bendis and Maleev; Black Panther becomes the new "Man Without Fear" and Daredevil gets Reborn!

The most hyped new comic of 2011 coming out of Image has to be Joe Casey and Mike Huddleston's new series titled Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker A "mature audiences only" book, 'Baker' follows its titular character, a retired America-themed superhero, as he's called back into action for the proverbial "one last mission" and all the trouble that ensues. Also in 2011, writer Robert Kirkman debuts a new series titled Super Dinosaur about a young boy genius and his best pal, a tyrannosaurus rex bristling with mechanized arms and weaponry. Other than that, expect more Walking Dead to capitalize on the television series' success in the form of weekly reprints and, uhh... I don't know. The end of Image United maybe? Finally?

In 2011 Dark Horse Comics celebrates its 25th year anniversary! And they've got some big projects in the works for the coming year, starting with Frank Miller's 300 prequel Xerxes. And the comics home of Star Wars is fast becoming the house of Whedon too, as in 2011 we'll see not only the 9th "season" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but also the debut of an all-new Dollhouse series based on the cancelled TV show. With a major motion picture releasing later in the year, a big push for Conan has already begun with several new series. Plus, a new miniseries starring Axe Cop and (fingers crossed) hopefully the seventh volume of Adam Warren's Empowered before the year's end!

2011 looks to be business as usual for IDW Publishing, with a continued mix of original creator content smothered with a heaping helping of books based on licensed properties from movies, television and games. Of particular note are the recently revealed Godzilla: Monster World series set to debut in March, and the crossover Infestation series, in which zombies invade some familiar licensed properties like Ghostbusters and GI Joe.

Of the smaller publishers, only Dynamite Entertainment seems to publicize its plans and projects for the coming year. With the upcoming Seth Rogan film they've got a number of Green Hornet projects in the works; in addition, they're expanding their "John Carter" franchise with a new Dejah Thoris series. Plus, Garth Ennis expands his presence at the company with a new ongoing series titled Jennifer Blood about a housewife-by-day who becomes a crazed, gun-toting vigilante by night. And over at BOOM! Studios, they've got a new Hellraiser series to go along with all those kid-friendly Disney books featuring Mickey, Donald and the rest, and all those new Stan Lee superhero titles.

Also in the works at various publishers: Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons team up for an unnanounced project; Craig Thompson follows up the critically acclaimed Blankets with a new project titled Habibi; and who knows what else! ...Seriously, I'm asking. Who knows what else is going on with the smaller publishers? Archie? Avatar? Antarctic? Zenescope? Oni Press? Fantagraphics? Apsen?

I think it's safe to say that 2010 wasn't exactly the kindest year for comic book movies. Iron Man 2 made more money that its predecessor worldwide but didn't garner near as much prasie; Kick-Ass and Red each enjoyed modest success at the box office, while Scott Pilgrim and The Losers weren't so lucky; and Jonah Hex... well, Jonah Hex BOMBED. Granted, the offerings were slim, but the year still proved unkind. But Hollywood is hoping that audiences' love affair with comic movies isn't over yet, as 2011 is stacked with adaptations searching for box office gold.

DC/Warner Bros seeks to get a second comic franchise off the ground in 2011 with this summer's Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris and Mark Strong as Sinestro. And Marvel has not one, not two, but THREE comic film adaptations coming in 2011: Chris Hemsworth stars as the titular thunder god alongside Natalie Portman in Kendeth Branagh's Thor; Chris Evans dons the stars-n-stripes and indestructible shield as Captain America: The First Avenger; and Matthew Vaughn directs James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in the franchise-rebooting X-Men: First Class from FOX. And that's far from all. Releasing in two weeks, comedian Seth Rogan and Jay Chou suit up as the titular character and his martial-arts parnter Kato in Michael Gondry's The Green Hornet. Director Jon Favreau mines comic territory once again with Cowboys & Aliens, a self-explanatory adaptation starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. Stargate's Jason Momoa takes on the role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger in a long-delayed reboot of Conan the Barbarian. Even acclaimed director Steven Spielberg is getting in on the act, sort of, with a much-anticipated adaptation of the long running comic strip The Adventures of TinTin. Yessiree, it's going to be a big year for movies based on comic properties.


In 2011 the big screen won't be the only place to get your comic book adaptation fix, however. On television, you can expect to see the final season of Smallville play out into sweeps with a much anticipated series finale; and after its first season saw ratings records broken, the second season of AMC's The Walking Dead is already in the works and should debut in time for fall. And then, there are all of the unconfirmed projects that are in the pre-production and planning stages. Warner Bros is reportedly laying the groundwork for a new television series based on Wonder Woman (though recent developments cast doubt on its validity), and possibly another starring Teen Titans member Raven; the rumors surrounding a Fables TV series for ABC have gone silent, however. At Marvel, an adaptation of the MAX series Alias titled AKA Jessica Jones is in the works; other rumored projects include a new Hulk series from Guillermo del Toro, a Powers adaptation for FX Network and a kid-friendly Cloak and Dagger series for ABC/Disney. The big two aren't the only ones getting in on the action, however as Image's smash hit series Chew is getting the small screen treatment, and IDW's Locke & Key may make it to airwaves on FOX this fall.

On the animation front, Warner Bros has the final season of Batman: The Brave & the Bold to finish out its run, and next week's premiere of the Young Justice cartoon. In addition, a proposed Green Lantern cartoon using computer-generated animation is in the works and expected to appear in time for the motion picture's release. At Marvel, shows Super Hero Squad and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes are set to be joined by the much-anticipated Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, adapting the long-running comic series with the help of BTAS guru Paul Dini. And on the direct market, DC Animation's adaptation of All-Star Superman arrives in a few months, followed by a Green Lantern: Emerald Knights anthology piece and a possible Batman: Year One by year's end. And from Marvel, we'll be getting a disc release of its BET Black Panther series as well as the long-delayed Thor: Tales of Asgard to coincide with the film.

When it comes to video games based on comic books Marvel appears to have the edge in numbers for 2011, but DC arguably has the edge in terms of anticipation and hype. Both have some much anticipated, high-profile games to offer players, as well as some "based on a movie based on a comic" cash-in efforts that, if history has shown us, will be of dubious if not atrocious quality.

Early in 2011, DC and Sony Online Entertainment are set to release wide their DC Universe Online MMORPG, for PC and PS3 consumption. In DCUO, players will be able to create and customize their own original hero or villain, and "live" within the virtual world of DC Comics, fighting alongside or against its heroes or villains in a story-driven saga. Also on tap for 2011 is the hugely anticipated sequel to 2009's smash hit Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham City for PS3/X360/PC; once again players are thrust into the role of Batman the Dark Knight (or possibly Catwoman?), to fight crime in a hostile city environment thrown into chaos by the Joker and Hugo Strange. And finally, rounding out DC's announced offerings will be the new Green Lantern game that's set to coincide with (and cash in on) the upcoming motion picture.

Undoubtedly Marvel's biggest gaming offering of 2011, Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds for PS3/X360 pits a diverse cast of Marvel's heroes and villains against an assortment of Capcom's most famous characters in an all new fighting game sequel 11 years in the making. From Activision, the recently announced X-Men Destiny will be making its way to consoles later in the year, though no details and only on trailer have been shown thus far. And Sega, the go-to company for such fare, has a pair of Marvel action games based on Thor: God of Thunder and Captain America: Super Soldier, set to coincide with each film's release in theaters. All of this, plus the recent trademark revelation indicating that a Secret Wars video game may also in the works, indicates that Marvel fans will have no shortage of gaming options to choose from.

It's no secret: 2010 was a bad year for comic sales. But while monthly single issue sales were down across the board, and graphic novel sales up only slightly, sales of digital comic books in 2010 skyrocketed -- thanks in no small part to the proliferation of devices like the iPhone and iPad, and to more and more comic publishers opening digital stores. And 2011 looks to continue the trend of increasing digital sales, as more and more publishers get on board with the idea of a paperless world of comics.

DC, Marvel, Image, IDW, Archie, and soon Dark Horse: all have digital apps through iTunes, all have made comics available through them for PC, iPhone and iPad. DC has made its comics available on the PSP through PlayStation Network, and Marvel is following suit. And other comic companies are making their content available digitally, either through their own means or through intermediareis like Comixology.

But what will 2011 hold for the future of digital comics? Where can improvements be made? Will we see an increase in "same day" content for digital stores, allowing virtual readers to read new comics simultaneously with physical collectors? Will we see an increase in catalog titles as DC, Marvel and the rest dig into their vaults for thousands upon thousands of backissues? And what will the prices of those titles be? Will we see discounted rates for older comics, value pricing for bundles?

What about eReaders? When color eReaders become the norm, will comic books be among the first downloadable products available? And what about Diamond and their announced plan to sell digital comics through direct market stores? And who will ultimately own those virtual copies, the readers who purchased them or the comic company that created them?

One thing's for sure, however: it's a "brave new world" for comic books.


So now that I've finally shut up, what say you GAF? What are you hyped for in 2011? What are you hoping to see? Where do you weigh in on comic books' digital future?

Oh, and Happy New Year everyone! :D


I cannot wait for Batwomen by Williams, the pre-issue was pretty awesome. Not so sure about the rest though, will see what I pick up.


Registered for GAF on September 11, 2001.
Yeah yeah, Deadpool Corps and Team Up are getting cancelled, but it's not like no one saw that coming... I will have fond memories of Team Up though.

I had no idea Johns was working on a Batman: Earth One story, but by god that shall be glorious and a Green Lantern war sounds promising.


Can't wait for the two new Earth One books; I really enjoyed Superman Earth One. The new Godzilla comic will also be interesting, since IDW licensed Godzilla's entire rogues gallery along with the King of the Monsters, whom have never appeared in an American Godzilla comic series before.


Subete no aware
Is Oni Press still around? Last I heard there was a new Blue Monday but they've been stuck on issue 1 for like a year now.
Did not know that Dini was involved with the Ultimate Spider-man animation, if the show can retain what made Spectacular so awesome + Dini = Beyond comprehension. Looking forward to the ends of Ultimate Thor and Bendis' Mystery/Enemy/Doom trilogy as well as the beginning of Aaron's Ultimate Captain America.

Still torn on buying Batwoman in floppies or waiting for collecteds.

Also avoiding Batman Beyond ongoing like the plague even though I love the character and the universe.

Fuck Beechen.



I had no idea that Dini was working on the Ultimate Spider-Man show. Awesome.

My only hopes for 2011 are that digital comics gain some greater steam. I love reading comics but the space they take up is getting to be too much for me, and of course their resale value is quite low. I'd be willing to buy an iPad just to start a digital collection of comics if the big publishers offered same-day releases as comic shops.


Registered for GAF on September 11, 2001.
Snaku said:
Can't wait for the two new Earth One books; I really enjoyed Superman Earth One. The new Godzilla comic will also be interesting, since IDW licensed Godzilla's entire rogues gallery along with the King of the Monsters, whom have never appeared in an American Godzilla comic series before.

There is another...welcome to the party, I brought hats.


Comics: I just got into comics this year and I've been loving it. Mostly just been doing Batman stuff, but it's all been great. Can't wait to see where Batman Inc. goes. That said, I'm gonna try and really get my feet wet and branch out in 2011. So be sure to recommend some good stuff, guys. :D

Movies: To my surprise, Thor has me the most hype right now just based on the trailer. However, I'm sure I'll probably end up liking GL or Cowboys and Aliens more.

Television: I love comic book shows, and the year looks great. I really liked the Young Justice premiere. I've been loving Avengers: EMH. Walking Dead was incredible. I'll be sad to see Smallville go. I didnt watch it it's entire run, but after ten years, it feels like I grew up with it. This season has been great.

Games: The DC Universe Beta owned my soul for two weeks. The only thing I'm weary about are the freezing issues that have been plaguing the PS3 beta since day one. If that gets fixed, we're good. Arkham City should be great. I've been really unimpressed with the roster for MvC3, and as such, have almost no hype for the game. I may rent it.

Gonna be a damn good year.

wenis said:
There is another...welcome to the party, I brought hats.
We're having a "people who enjoyed Earth One" party? Can I come?


Oh and a return from JMS' stinkhole of Superman and Wonder Woman. Hack should be tarred and feathered for is total.shit output in 2010.


hmmm so far:

Xombi #1 drawn by Frazier Irving

Venom #1 from Rick Remender

I'm not interested in who dies in FF, but i am interested in where Hickman takes the book. Not too thrilled with a mega-event from Marvel or Flash/Flashpoint right now, i'm hoping War of the Green Lanterns transitions the GL universe in a different direction, right now they seem kind of lost ever since Blackest Night.


Registered for GAF on September 11, 2001.
ReiGun said:
We're having a "people who enjoyed Earth One" party? Can I come?

Yes, you bring the punch. Snaku needs to bring the pie.
CaptYamato said:
I thought bringing back Bruce was going to end up being shit...I WAS FUCKING WRONG. So pumped about Batman next year.
I haven't read anything past Final Crisis as far as Batman goes. Is there any recommended reading for catching up? Particularly collected hardcover editions?


I haven't read anything past Final Crisis as far as Batman goes. Is there any recommended reading for catching up? Particularly collected hardcover editions?
Battle for the Cowl, Batman and Robin 1-16, Return of Bruce Wayne, and Batman Inc. should cover it for all the major stuff, I think. Hardcover collections are out for BftC and B&R volumes 1 and 2, and Return of Bruce Wayne comes out in February.

wenis said:
Yes, you bring the punch. Snaku needs to bring the pie.
Sweet. But if Snaku brings pumpkin pie, I'm outta here.
Excited to see where Invincible goes. The war should be ending soon (right?) and it seems we're finally getting back to Earth. Curious to see what's up with Robot and Monster Girl.

Fables heading into 100+ territory as well. Still not as strong as it was when the war was going on but the new direction with the new location changes sounds great. Jack of Fables coming to an end as well so who knows what comes after that.


No longer boycotting the Wolfenstein franchise
What I really hope for: DC starts bringing trades out quicker. *sigh*

I only do trades, so a good 50% of what I'm looking forward to is stuff you've all already read.

I hope Chew and Sweet Tooth continue to be successful so they can make it to their full runs.

Fingers crossed for something by Greg Rucka.

Will we see Parker: The Score in 2011? That'd be cool.

Maybe the next installment of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? I probably shouldn't hold my breath.

I think the Green Lantern animated series is supposed to be doing the same kind of scheduling as Young Justice. It'll have a longer premiere around November/December, loosely coinciding with the live-action movie's home video release, and then pick up regularly in early 2012.


My first comic TPB is out now, and I'm looking forward to the release of the second one later this year :)

WAIT WAIT WAIT a Secret Wars game?!?!?!!? And is that MvC3 cover real? Because that is awesome! I love '80s era Marvel covers, what can I say :)

Mr. Sam

Ashamedly, I'm actually looking forward to Fear Itself. I know looking forward to events is frowned upon in certain circles but it's just a thrill to have a Marvel event not penned by Millar, Bendis or, ugh, Loeb. Most of all, I'm looking forward to Batman, Inc.

Oh, and many thanks for a year of great comic threads, Spike!


Say I wanted to start reading Grant Morrison's Batman in trades. Where the fuck do I start? It's so confusing, I have no idea how far back you are meant to go and there's no clear jump on.


Please lord tell me that's Eddie Brock's Venom. I've pretty much given up on Spiderman all together, but bringing the real Venom back is a start.


Of course I'm excited for any and everything on the animated front (television and movies), and especially Young Justice.

I am curious to see what Flashpoint is and Batman, Inc has just started off well.

And while not on the list, I really can't wait to get those DC Iconic covers. :D
Ultimate Spider Man is by far my favorite of all the versions of Spider Man. It stayed away from two things that I always thought made regular Spider Man into a tool. They have yet to do a cover of him burning his costume in a trash can, and they have yet to really stifle a life choice that could significantly improve his well being just so he could stay with Aunt May.

<startnerdrage> When I saw that they were doing "Death of Spider Man" in your post, I almost went into full on nerd rage. This ends in 1 of 2 ways and both are bad for me as a fan. 1) He dies. Death looks to be fairly perminate in the Ultimate universe, and I don't want to see anyone coming back to life. 2) He burns his costume in a trash can, swearing he'll never be Spider Man again. In that case, I'll give up the book entirely. </endnerdrage>

That being said, I am really excited that it's getting it's own animated series. The last one the WB did was incredible. The action was spot on and the story telling moved at a good pace. My favorite fight was at the Opera, but the one that most impressed me was the silent fight that took place while he slept. It gave insight into what a drawn out super hero fight would be like with out the witty banter.


No longer boycotting the Wolfenstein franchise
f0rk said:
Say I wanted to start reading Grant Morrison's Batman in trades. Where the fuck do I start? It's so confusing, I have no idea how far back you are meant to go and there's no clear jump on.

Batman and Son
The Black Glove
The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul (more or less optional, only partially written by Morrison)
Batman RIP

Final Crisis is probably worth reading.

Then comes Batman & Robin:
Batman Reborn
Batman vs Robin
Batman Must Die (out in May)

The Return of Bruce Wayne (out in February)
Time and the Batman (out in March)
Bruce Wayne: The Road Home (optional? out in July)

Batman, Inc. (just started, so won't be collected til late 2011)

I've only read what's been collected so far, but I think that's pretty accurate.


It's terribly unlikely, but if 2011 can give me even one more issue of Warren Ellis & Ben Templesmith's Fell, I'll be pleased as punch. Ran across the trade in a box last week and immediately had to stop and read through a few stories.


Ten Comics We're Still Waiting For
We've been making note of some of the major comics projects due out in 2011--keep an eye out for a preview of what's coming up next year on Techland in a couple of weeks. But there are also a handful of projects we're dying to see that have been in the works for months or years, and aren't officially scheduled yet. Here are a few extra-long-view coming attractions.

Craig Thompson's Habibi. Thompson's been working on his mammoth graphic novel about love in the world of Islam since Blankets, basically, and that was 2003. He's said that he's already drawn and redrawn thousands of pages of it, he's been posting progress reports at his blog Doot Doot Garden (where he posted in September that the book was finished, although there's still some post-production work to go), and the pages he's shown in public so far are stupendously beautiful. The only thing missing is a date when the rest of the world gets to see the whole thing.

Alison Bechdel's Love Life: A Case Study. The Fun Home cartoonist's long-in-the-works follow-up is a memoir about about self and other and her relationship with her mother. She gave up her long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For to work on this one, and given the way Fun Home batted it out of the park, it sounds like it's going to be fantastic.

Paul Pope's Battling Boy. Pope's been doing lots of little projects over the past few years, and, reportedly, getting ready to wrap up his name-making THB series and collect it all as Total THB. This is apparently some kind of magnum opus, the excerpts Pope's posted on his blog are enticing, and First Second has had us anticipating it for years. But that's all we know.

Grant Morrison's Multiversity. It's not like we haven't been getting a lot of Morrison lately--between his Batman titles, the apparently-soon-to-be-completed Joe the Barbarian, and side projects like 18 Days, he's hardly spent a week away from the shelves. But this tour of DC's parallel universes, including issues to be drawn by Frank Quitely and Cameron Stewart, sounds like it'll play to all his strengths. While we're at it, it'd be nice to see Morrison and Stewart's Seaguy 3.

Gilbert Hernandez's Maria M. We're getting ahead of ourselves here--there's at least one Hernandez graphic novel scheduled to appear before this one (Love from the Shadows). The premise of Maria M, though, is that it's an adapatation of a nonexistent biopic about his character Luba's mother--covering basically the same events as his mid-'90s graphic novel Poison River, but "fictionalized" in the manner of a Hollywood B-movie. It sounds sublimely screwed up, in other words.

Charles Burns' The Hive. Has it only been a couple of months since Burns' crazy Tintin/William S. Burroughs tribute X'ed Out (and its subsequent "bootleg remix" Johnny 23) came out? It already feels like we've been waiting for its sequel The Hive for millennia. Burns has an it'll-be-done-when-it's-done attitude about his work (it took him something like ten years to draw the magnificent Black Hole), but this project is so creepily thrilling we can't help but be greedy for the next part.

Carla Speed McNeil's Finder: Torch. It's been a few years without a new book in McNeil's mindbending science fiction series Finder, but that situation is finally being put right. Dark Horse is publishing a collection of the first four volumes early next year (full disclosure: I wrote the introduction), as well as a new volume called Voice, initially serialized online. But McNeil's also already serialized most of another volume, Torch; that's apparently going to appear in print a bit later.

Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's City Lights. The first officially published sign of this graphic novel was an interview with Ennis and Dillon about it in a 2003 one-shot, Vertigo X Anniversary Preview. They've apparently been working on it, very slowly, ever since; as of mid-2009, Ennis figured it would probably be done in about two years. Ennis and Dillon have worked together on Hellblazer, Preacher and Punisher, but some of Ennis's best work is outside the "violent action thriller" genre; here's hoping the recent turbulence at Vertigo doesn't derail this project.

Chris Ware's Rusty Brown and Building Stories. Ware has been serializing his two works-in-progress in Acme Novelty Library since he completed Jimmy Corrigan, and some of the individual chapters so far have been extraordinary--"Lint," a.k.a. this year's Acme Novelty Library #20, is apparently a section of Rusty Brown, and it's a phenomenally powerful piece of work on its own. But don't count on seeing the completed works any time soon.

Alan Moore and Steve Moore's The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic. The Moore non-siblings have been working on this guidebook to their system of magical thought and practice with what's promised to be an all-star cast of artists for a few years now; Top Shelf's site currently lists it as "a 2013 release." To paraphrase Sun Ra, that's after the end of the world--don't they know that yet?

What We're Looking Forward To in 2011: Comics
We don't know a lot yet about the comic books due to appear next year--the mainstream publishers tend to play their cards close to the chest until a couple of months before release dates--but a lot of 2011's big graphic novels have already been announced. Here are some of the ones we're most excited about.

Takio - Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming have been collaborating on Powers for a decade; that series will apparently now alternate storylines with this new all-ages project about a pair of superpowered sisters, co-created with Bendis's daughter. It launches with a hardcover graphic novel. (Icon, February)

Finder: Voice - It's been a few years since the last print volume of Carla Speed McNeil's gorgeous, head-spinning "aboriginal SF" series Finder. In the meantime, though, she's serialized a couple of books' worth as rough pencils online; this one will be published around the same time as an omnibus collection of the first four Finder books (to which, full disclosure, I wrote an introduction). (Dark Horse, March)

Love from the Shadows - The new installment of Gilbert Hernandez's "Fritz series"--adaptations of imaginary B-movies starring his character Fritz Martinez from Love and Rockets--is the most twisted, perverse book he's ever created, which is saying something. It's lurid, hypersexual, violent, incredibly disturbing, and totally fun. (Fantagraphics, April)

Mister Wonderful - If Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron and Ghost World were "the early, funny ones," Daniel Clowes' story of a blind date gone horribly wrong, except actually sort of right, is his Broadway Danny Rose--brief and lightweight, but put together with tremendous craft. Originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine, it's expanded here. (Pantheon, April)

Fear Itself - So now we know what those "fear" teasers Marvel was posting recently were about: their next big summer crossover event, built around this seven-issue miniseries by Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen (with the inevitable tie-ins and spinoffs). It will apparently have a political dimension--we'd expect no less of Fraction. (Marvel, April)

Paying For It - Louis Riel and Ed the Happy Clown creator Chester Brown's previous autobiographical comics (including I Never Liked You and The Playboy) don't hold anything back, and apparently neither does this long-in-the-works volume, about his sexual history and experiences as a john. (Drawn & Quarterly, May)

Supergods - Not actually comics: a book of essays by master mainstream comics writer Grant Morrison (Batman & Robin, New X-Men) about the superhero genre and its traditions. Morrison's a smart guy with a lot of interesting ideas; it'll be interesting to see how he channels the frantic, allusive tone of his comics into prose. (Spiegel & Grau, July)

The Armed Garden and Other Stories - The French cartoonist David B. is one of our favorites--his autobiographical book Epileptic is particularly fantastic. Some of these chilling, dream-logic-driven stories, inspired by folklore, were previously published in English in Mome; they're gorgeous work, and unlike anything else in contemporary comics. (Fantagraphics, August)


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Frank Miller's Holy Terror featuring Batman is long dead. The lead was transitioned into a new character called The Fixer and it's no longer with DC.


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bucsfan0210 said:
Multiversity Multiversity Multiversity
+Talking with Gods EU release
+"Director's cut" WE3
+Empowered 7 (props to Spike for pimping this great series)
+Prison Pit 3 (well at least a date)
+Ultra Heaven 4 even though it's a manga. I urge Morrison fans to check it out.
I reaaaaalllly want the Thor movie to be awesome. And I hope the new Aquaman book is good. After years and years of every writer under the sun pitching for it, there's no excuse for that book not to have a great concept. The new Moon Knight book sounds good too, Bendis & Maleev are a good fit for the character.


Here's some first details on the Green Lantern game

# Master the Ring: Wield the Green Lantern Power Ring to create a spectacular range of “hard-light” constructs including a gatling gun, giant fists, and much more, all of which can be linked together to form an endless number of combinations.
# Stand Together: Join forces with a friend to play as Hal Jordan or Sinestro to battle the Manhunters, with the ability to drop in or out at will.
# Take Flight: Dodge, blast, and destroy legions of enemies as you soar across the universe in battles of intergalactic scope.

Read more: http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/709481/green-lantern-game-details-revealed.html#ixzz1A0TbpQTZ



I want the same thing I want every year: NAMOR Ongoing.

And i'll be damned if I get invested in any Event without it. I still don't know how Messiah Complex ended, and i'm happy that way.


I'd love to see a Larfleeze series, even if it's just a 4-6 issue mini.
Looking forward to War of the Green Lanterns and Flashpoint, as well as Johns' finally getting Batman: Earth One out. Young Justice will of course be awesome, and I'll probably check out a couple issues of the book since Baltazar and Franco are doing it.
Hopefully Multiversity finally comes out this year as well.
On the Marvel side I'm just hoping ASM stays consistently good and that the Venom book delivers.
Very psyched for the Batwoman ongoing.

I have high hopes for JT Krul and Nicola Scott on Teen Titans-- the first couple issues have been strong.

Curious about Gail Simone's secret DC event book coming later this year.

And hoping that DC un-cancels the latest Manhunter trade that was supposed to come out last November =/ And for that matter, get Marc Andreyko more work!


bucsfan0210 said:
Multiversity Multiversity Multiversity
Yep. Multiversity is pretty much my most anticipated comic EVER.

Meanwhile there's still Morrison's Batman, Batwoman, Flashpoint, and plenty of goodness over at Marvel (Hickman especially).
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