Geekery Saturday – NYCC Edition

With new information coming out of New York City’s Javits Center about every other minute this weekend during New York Comic Con, let’s take a look at some of the more exciting items that have been announced so far.

• Not only will DC Comics be celebrating the 80th birthday of its first hero, Superman, in 2018, but they’ll also be celebrating the 1,000 issue of Action Comics. In March, the publisher will release Action Comics 1000, an oversized issue with a lead story from Dan Jurgens and Peter Tomasi. The issue is also scheduled to have back-up stories from other creators, including a collaboration between Geoff Johns and Richard Donner.

In addition to the 1,000th issue, we will also get a hardcover companion book that will focus on Action Comics 1 and other notable issues from the last 80 years. The highlight of the companion hardcover will be an unpublished Superman story from his creators themselves, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, which was said to be found in the DC archives back in the 1960s.

This is certainly something I won’t be getting digitally. I’m going to need a physical copy of all this…

• Also in 2018, DC Comics will bring back its MILESTONE Universe, which originally debuted in the 1990s and featured heroes like Icon, Hardware and Static Shock. The new universe, dubbed Earth M, will reintroduce the heroes of Dakota in five new titles.

Reginald Hudlin, the writer producer who has written Black Panther for Marvel and who has been called one of the main architects of the new line, will write Milestone with artist Ken Lashley. The book will focus on Icon and Rocket and will give readers an overview of Dakota’s landscape. Hudlin will also write Static Shock with artist Kyle Baker, bringing back the Virgil Hawkins character.

• Syfy’s adaptation of the Image Comics title Happy! – starring Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Patton Oswalt (every nerd thing ever) – released a trailer ahead of its Dec. 6 debut.

Happy is based on the comic book by Grant Morrison and Darrick Robertson and is about an ex-cop turned hitman who has visions of a little blue animated horse named Happy as he’s hunted down by both the police and the mob.

• While Marvel has been associated with Netflix and its interconnected universe, the publisher will team with Hulu for a show based on RUNAWAYS. The series, created by Brian K. Vaughn, focuses on a group of teenagers who can’t stand each other but must unite against their supervillain parents. A trailer for the series was also released during NYCC.

• During its Next Big Thing panel, Marvel announced several new titles, including a Rogue and Gambit book, a new Legion series and a new title called Weapon H, which will span out of the Weapon X/Hulk crossover. Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso also hinted at a new Storm ongoing title that could debut in the coming year.

I could go on and on with news coming out of New York Comic Con, but that’ll be it for this edition. We’ll be back tomorrow – or maybe even later today – with more info coming out of the show.