C2E2 News and Notes

What's going on at the big convention in Chicago this weekend? We'll give you the skinny right here.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Ame-Comi Wonder Woman

C2E2 is a big-ass convention in Chicago full of comic news that's going to be happening. Sadly, I had jury duty this week, so I couldn't attend it personally. What I can do, however, is aggregate the news coming out of the con in one handy place right here. So let's get crack-a-lackin' and see what's been announced!


  • DC announces new digital-first weekly titles on the heels of Smallville: Season 11 #1. We'll see a Batman comic in June, outside of the New 52 continuity with a series of stand-alone stories from creators like Jeff Lemire and Damon Lindelof; Jonathan Larsen and JG Jones; Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott; Ales Kot and Ryan Sook; B. Clay Moore and Ben Templesmith; Steve Niles and Trevor Hairsine; Joe Harris and Jason Masters; TJ Fixman and Christopher Mitten; Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman; Joshua Hale Fialkov and Phil Hester; David Tischman and Chris Sprouse and more.
  • The other digital-first series is called Ame-Comi Girls. What's that, you ask? It's a series based on a DC Collectibles product line – basically, DC heroines with a manga influence. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are writing the story about the heroines teaming up to face an evil female Brainiac and all her female villain colleagues, featuring art from the incomparable Amanda Conner with Tony Akins on Wonder Woman, Sanford Greene on Batgirl, Ted Naifeh on Duela Dent, Mike Bowden on Power Girl and Santi Casas on Supergirl. This will fill out a five-day-per-week schedule of digital-first comics, along with Smallville, Beyond and Batman: Arkham Unhinged.
  • DC Collectibles, what's that? It's formerly DC Direct, and now they'll be expanding their online store and apparently doing less with 'direct' hobby shops as far as their toys, busts and statues and such. New products include Dark Knight Rises busts, a new Dr. Manhattan statue and new Justice League action figures benefitting the We Can Be Heroes campaign.
  • DC's All Access Panel said that the Free Comic Book Day issue sets the stage for the year in DC.
  • Geoff Johns also teased that, by Justice League issue #12, the team will be 'radically different.' Does that mean a lineup change already? Also, apparently, longtime Justice League stalwart Martian Manhunter makes his presence known in some capacity in Justice League #8.
  • Johns also said we'll see Black Adam before we'll see Billy Batson become Shazam. Which may seem to indicate that the little dickhead we met in the first installment might not necessarily be the real Billy Batson – which would be the only way to save that thing. He said we'll also see Freddy Freeman and Mary Batson… as well as the tiger and the bunny.
  • Gail Simone says Batgirl will be getting a new archnemesis in a character named NIghtfall once the Court of Owls bit is done.
  • Kevin Maguire mentioned the uniqueness of working on a book like Worlds' Finest, focusing on the relationship between Power Girl and Huntress, because he's only working on a third of it. He's just focusing on their journey from Earth 2 to Earth 1. Weird that the book's going to be so piecemeal.
  • Batman writer Scott Snyder says he plans to explore the relationship between the Waynes and the Kanes – that is, the ancestors of Batman and Batwoman. Now that sounds awesome.
  • Before Watchmen will feature stories such as Nite Owl's childhood and how his partnership with Rorschach went bad, which will likely revolve around the picture Silk Spectre found of "The Twilight Lady" in the original book. Silk Spectre, according to Amanda Conner, is like a romance comic with beatings. Rorschach is said to be a "grindhouse movie." J. Michael Straczynski also copped to the fact that Alan Moore got a "crummy contract" with DC in the past, although it's better than Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster got.
  • Marvel's House of Ideas panel mentioned that every $3.99 comic in June will have a free code to get a digital copy of it. They've also been hyping Marvel Infinite Comics as the future (and Joe Quesada doesn't seem to be delineating it as different from motion comics, the way Mark Waid did) and Marvel AR, which debuted in Avengers vs. X-Men #1, and plugged that in AvX VS. #3, Nick Lowe used the concept of AR in an "amazing" way.
  • Apparently, the Marvel folks are just as addicted to the Marvel: Avengers Alliance Facebook game as the rest of us are. Really, it's a sickness.
  • Avengers vs. X-Men #3 will be a huge fight between Captain America and Wovlerine. Also, Cable will have a huge role to play in the Marvel Universe going forward. Captain Mar-Vell will return from the dead due to the impact of the Phoenix Force, and he'll go toe-to-toe with Thor in Secret Avengers.
  • Ultimate Captain America will be returning in an event called "Divided We Fall," centering around Kitty Pryde, Miles Morales and Cap, and writers Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Wood and Sam Humphries. Cap will make a "fateful decision" that could only be made in Ultimate Comics.
  • The new Matt Fraction/David Aja series that was teased will indeed be Hawkeye in his own ongoing, and will focus on the relationship between Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, the Hawkeye of the Young Avengers.
  • James Asmus will be writing a new ongoing Gambit series with art from Clay Mann. Rogue will play some sort of part at the worst possible time in the series for Remy LeBeau, as he'll be dealing with a new femme fatale. He'll also be going back to his roots in thievery, and the series will deal in moral ambiguity quite a bit, and not so much straight-up superheroing. Thankfully, he'll at least be losing that stupid headwrap thing.
  • Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi will reunite for a "Sabretooth Reborn" story starting in Wolverine #310. It'll focus on a mysterious villain named Romulus, who has made some bold claims that may or may not be true.
  • Scarlet Spider artist Ryan Stegman will be joining Fantastic Four in August, and Khoi Pham will take his place on the former.
  • Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen are planning a 7-part Mighty Thor/Journey Into Mystery crossover event called "Everything Burns," depicting a massive war throughout the nine realms.
  • Bendis will launch a Powers: FBI series.
  • Dark Horse Comics announced that Steve Bryant's 30s-era adventure webcomic Athena Voltaire will be seeing print in a joint effort with Sequential Pulp Comics, including an omnibus of the previous material and new adventures, as well as Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley's new brutal horror story Ex Sanguine, about a savage flirtation between a vampire and a serial killer. The latter is due out in November.
  • IDW has the first ever BBC-sanctioned Doctor Who crossover epic in the works with their Doctor Who/Star Trek project.
  • The sixth and final volume of Locke & Key, entitled "Omega," will be out next year.


We'll be updating this page with news as it comes out of the Windy CIty, so stick with it! More to come!