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From Detective Pikachu to Superman Year One: 6 Big Announcements From Emerald City Comic-Con

Emerald City Comic-Con is one of the first major comic conventions of the year, and this year’s show played home to several big announcements. Marve shed more light on its plans for celebrating its 80th anniversary, while DC gave a release date for a hotly anticipated Superman comic and Legendary Comics announced a new Pokemon project.

Scroll down to see all the big announcements from this year’s ECCC.

Marvel Revives Classic Creative Teams

Wolverine: Exit Wounds #1 cover by Sam Keith. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)

As part of its 80th anniversary celebration this year, Marvel will be bringing back two fan-favorite creative team/character pairings for new one-shot specials. First up is Wolverine: Exit Wounds, which will feature major names like Chris Claremont, Sam Keith, Larry Hama and Salvador Larroca.

The first of these is Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1, which re-teams writer Peter David with artist Dale Keown. Similar to their 2002 collaboration Incredible Hulk: The End, Last Call is a story set at the twilight of Hulk’s life. The depressed hero finally finds purpose in life when he’s given a fight worthy of the strongest hero there is.

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\r\nSensing one final chance to rid the world of the evil posed by Weapon X, Logan defeated Cornelius\u0027 latest creation, Sharp, and destroyed his lab, accidentally covering himself in molten adamantium in the process. The dying Logan had just enough time to deliver the killing blow to Cornelius before collapsing and suffocating inside his metal prison. His own body became a monument to his life and legacy.”,”height”:656,”width”:1165,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/03-1536111978824.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/03-1536111978824_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”The Death and Resurrection of Wolverine Recapped”,”relativePosition”:”04″,”albumTotalCount”:12},{“caption”:”Death of Wolverine was just the beginning of Soule\u0027s Wolverine saga. It was quickly followed up by a weekly series called Wolverines, which brought together X-23, Daken, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike and Mystique in a quest to honor the memory of their fallen friend\/enemy. That put them in conflict with Mister Sinister, who stole Logan\u0027s metal-encased body in an attempt to harness its latent genetic potential. The X-Men recovered the body and placed it inside Logan\u0027s remote Canadian cabin so he could finally rest in peace.”,”height”:674,”width”:1199,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/04-1536111978826.jpeg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/04-1536111978826_{size}.jpeg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”The Death and Resurrection of Wolverine Recapped”,”relativePosition”:”05″,”albumTotalCount”:12},{“caption”:”The Wolverines comic nearly culminated in the resurrection of Wolverine himself. Mystique eventually betrayed her teammates and stole their healing powers in an attempt to resurrect her dead lover, Destiny. But Destiny\u0027s spirit revealed that she wasn\u0027t trying to bring herself back to life, but rather Wolverine. According to Destiny, Logan was key to preventing the upcoming destruction of the multiverse (as chronicled in 2015\u0027s Secret Wars). Ever the cruel and petty villainess, Mystique chose to disrupt the ritual and let existence be destroyed rather than bring back her most hated enemy.”,”height”:1118,”width”:1987,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/05-1536111978830.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/05-1536111978830_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”The Death and Resurrection of Wolverine Recapped”,”relativePosition”:”06″,”albumTotalCount”:12},{“caption”:”Wolverine may not have returned to play a part in Secret Wars, but that crossover did set the stage for a different version of the character to enter the Marvel Universe. One of the results of that crossover was that the elderly Wolverine of the Old Man Logan universe crossed over. While reluctant to join the X-Men, given that he had been tricked into killing them in his own world, this Logan did eventually join the team in the 2015 series Extraordinary X-Men. This also paved the way for a new Old Man Logan series, one which has followed his efforts to ensure that his hellish future never comes to pass.”,”height”:1159,”width”:2061,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/06-1536111978833.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/06-1536111978833_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”The Death and Resurrection of Wolverine Recapped”,”relativePosition”:”07″,”albumTotalCount”:12},{“caption”:”Even as Old Man Logan started making his mark on the Marvel Universe, Laura Kinney also took it upon herself to honor her \u0022father.\u0022 She took up the mantle of Wolverine in 2015\u0027s All-New Wolverine. Over the course of several years, the series followed her journey towards accepting her new status as a superhero and her growing bond with her clone sister, Gabby. Even in her worst moments, the new Wolverine could rest easy knowing that she was living up to her father\u0027s example and proving that a person born and bred to be a weapon can become something more.”,”height”:710,”width”:1262,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/07-1536111978835.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/07-1536111978835_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”The Death and Resurrection of Wolverine Recapped”,”relativePosition”:”08″,”albumTotalCount”:12},{“caption”:”2017\u0027s Marvel Legacy #1 ushered in the next chapter in Wolverine\u0027s story. That book revealed that Logan was alive and well again, somehow escaping his adamantium prison. What\u0027s more, he was carrying one of the six Infinity Stones. The exact nature of his return wasn\u0027t made immediately clear, but eventually readers learned that his body had been removed from the adamantium months before by Kitty Pryde and secretly buried elsewhere. As for the Time Stone, Logan didn\u0027t hang onto that elusive prize for long before passing it along to Black Widow.”,”height”:560,”width”:997,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/08-1536111978837.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/08-1536111978837_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”The Death and Resurrection of Wolverine Recapped”,”relativePosition”:”09″,”albumTotalCount”:12},{“caption”:”Marvel Legacy #1 may have revealed that Logan was again among the living, but it didn\u0027t answer questions like how he came back to life or why he continues to keep a low profile rather than returning to the X-Men. The struggle to answer those questions became the central thrust of Hunt for Wolverine, a set of four interconnected miniseries. Each Hunt for Wolverine book featured a different team of heroes (led by Kitty Pryde, Iron Man, Daredevil and Sabretooth, respectively) following a trail and trying to find answers about Logan\u0027s unexpected return.\r\n
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\r\nIn the end, none of these four groups was able to fully solve the mystery of Wolverine\u0027s return. At best, they were able to confirm that Logan is back, and that his fate is inextricably linked to a mysterious corporation known as Soteira. Soteira\u0027s leader, a mysterious villain named Persephone, has stolen a copy of Mister Sinister\u0027s genetic database and begun killing new mutants before their powers begin manifesting. Persephone is also currently holding Wolverine captive.”,”height”:699,”width”:1243,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/09-1536111978838.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/09-1536111978838_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”The Death and Resurrection of Wolverine Recapped”,”relativePosition”:10,”albumTotalCount”:12},{“caption”:”The next (and final) phase of the story that began with Wolverine\u0027s death will be chronicled in a miniseries called Return of Wolverine. This series, from writer Charles Soule and artists Steve McNiven and Declan Shalvey, will answer all remaining questions surrounding Logan\u0027s return and his connection to Persephone. This series will also introduce a new costume for Wolverine as well as a new power, as Logan\u0027s claws can now heat up whenever he gets especially angry.\r\n
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\r\nAs for the heroes who took up the Wolverine mantle in his absence, expect big changes on that front, too. Laura Kinney has already retired the Wolverine name and reverted to her original X-23 moniker. With Old Man Logan, Marvel will soon be relaunching his comic as \u0022Dead Man Logan.\u0022 As the title suggests, this aged hero will be confronting his own imminent demise and trying to settle all remaining scores (including taking revenge on Mysterio). It seems that one Wolverine can\u0027t return without another Wolverine being eliminated.”,”height”:719,”width”:1279,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/10-1536111978842.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/09\/05\/10-1536111978842_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”The Death and Resurrection of Wolverine Recapped”,”relativePosition”:11,”albumTotalCount”:12},{“caption”:”Wolverine\u0027s return has become even more complicated thanks to The Avengers #10. This issue reveals that there are actually two different versions of Wolverine active in the Marvel Universe – the one introduced in Marvel Legacy #1 and the one featured in the Return of Wolverine miniseries. The former is currently wielding the power of the Phoenix Force and has traveled back in time to warn Loki of an impending disaster. The latter version is the one who actually died and was restored to life by Persephone. Expect these two Wolverines to establish an uneasy coexistence in the months to come, as one rejoins the X-Men and the other fights battles on a grand, cosmic scale.”,”height”:698,”width”:1241,”url”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/11\/15\/01a2c2afad1e535f914066d7a31552fa583de193f0-1542295968514.jpg”,”styleUrl”:”https:\/\/assets1.ignimgs.com\/2018\/11\/15\/01a2c2afad1e535f914066d7a31552fa583de193f0-1542295968514_{size}.jpg”,”credit”:””,”objectRelationName”:””,”objectRelationUrl”:””,”albumName”:”The Death and Resurrection of Wolverine Recapped”,”relativePosition”:12,”albumTotalCount”:12}]’
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Bloodshot Gets Relaunched

Bloodshot art by Clayton Crain. (Image Credit: Valiant Entertainment)

The Valiant universe is headed to the big screen in February 2020 thanks to the Bloodshot movie, so it only makes sense that Valiant will be relaunching Bloodshot’s comic ahead of his cinematic debut. As first revealed by Deadline, the new Bloodshot series will pair writer Tim Seeley with artist Brett Booth. The new series will debut in September 2019, with Valiant releasing a special movie-friendly collection of the first three issues in December. Fans can get an early taste of what this relaunch holds in store when Seeley and artist Tomas Giorello team up for a FCBD prelude story in May.

Superman: Year One Gets Dated

Superman: Year One #1 cover by John Romita, Jr. (Image Credit: DC Comics)

DC first announced Superman: Year One back in 2017, and the series will finally materialize in June. Year One will reunite Daredevil: The Man Without Fear creators Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. for a new look at the early years of the Man of Steel. The story will be published under DC’s Black Label imprint, with the collected edition due for release in November.

Click here for a closer look at Superman: Year One.

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The Grendel Saga Continues

Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey art by Matt Wagner. (Image Credit: Dark Horse Comics)

Matt Wagner recently wrapped up his long-running Mage saga, and now he’s returning to his other beloved creation this summer. Wagner will both write and draw Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey, a futuristic sci-fi tale starring the Grendel Prime incarnation of the character. This eight-issue series sends Grendel Prime into space in order to find a new home for humanity as Earth collapses into ruin.

Silver Surfer Goes Solo

Silver Surfer: Black art by Tradd Moore. (Image Credit: Marvel Comics)

Rising Marvel star Donny Cates has another new book in the works at Marvel, and it’s one that spins directly out of the events of Guardians of the Galaxy. Silver Surfer: Black teams Cates with artist Tradd Moore for a series that explores what happened to Norrin Radd after he was sucked into a black hole in Guardians #1. Marvel is teasing that the series also has direct ties to the events of Cates and Geoff Shaw’s Thanos storyline.

Detective Pikachu Comes to Comics

Detective Pikachu OGN cover art by Nelson Daniel. (Image Credit: Legendary Comics)

While there have been plenty of Pokemon manga projects, the franchise will finally make its Western comic book debut this summer. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is a graphic novel adapting the upcoming movie (itself based on the Nintendo 3DS game). The adaptation will be handled by writer Brian Buccellato and artist Nelson Daniel and is being published through Legendary Comics.

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