San Diego’s Comic-Con International 2013 is in the rearview and it was quite the weekend. Whether you waited in line a mile away from the convention center so that you could maybe get a seat in Hall H for something or if you were glued to twitter, the weekend was a never ending stream of news and pics from the biggest gathering of nerds, celebrities and industry talent on planet Earth. If you can name a company that makes entertainment, they were at SDCC. Even LEGO had a presence in the form of a giant life-sized Shire made out of the iconic bricks. There’s no denying that comics had a huge presence, but this year the big buzz (even among comic news outlets) wasn’t really about the comics (even more so than usual).
Thursday and Friday brought forth tons of pictures of upcoming action figures and statues from every property you could imagine. After that, it was all about the movies. Godzilla and Robocop were shown some love, but it was the big announcements from Warner Brothers and Marvel Studios that made the biggest splash of the weekend. The dream team of Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder will reunite for a Man of Steel sequel in 2015 wherein Superman meets Batman. That’s the only thing that makes any kind of sense if they’re looking to build a world a la The Avengers (and they really want to).
Marvel didn’t give us much of anything new by way of movies, but bringing out Tom Huddleston dressed as Loki to completely slay the crowd is as good as two movie announcements, according to the internet. Crowds were treated to some shiny new footage from many of Marvel’s upcoming releases, including the ever-expanding Guardians of the Galaxy (Did you see the girl from Doctor Who shaved her head!?). Fans of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes got a little something when Joss Whedon dropped the name for the Avengers sequel and I had a mild breakdown for a few minutes (I’m okay now. It was a fleeting madness.). With such big things from the main studios, it’s easy to lose Sony and Fox in the excitement, but they had pretty big offerings with Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past, respectively. There’s a lot of superhero movie coming our way, kids.
If we’re talking about comics, the Big Two didn’t show us a lot we didn’t already know about. The weekend was jam packed with tons of programming featuring the biggest names in the business. There’s no doubt about that, but for the most part, the panels were all about things we either knew about or stories we’re in the middle of. Creators brought their A-game and charmed the pants off of audiences all weekend. It’s great to get some behind the scenes and teases for Trinity War, Infinity, Battle of the Atom and Zero Year, but where’s the new? Wow us with some bigness, guys!
They didn’t show up completely empty handed. Longshot has a mini coming up… So that’s something. Also, Nightcrawler is coming back (and they didn’t even wait until the week it was happening to tell us) in the pages of yet another X-book, Amazing X-Men. Harley Quinn is getting a new ongoing (which is cool). Joe Quesada dropped Origin II, but offered up very little information as to what it is. Other than that, there wasn’t a lot of noise from the top dogs in the business. one of the biggest announcements from Marvel was the upcoming Cataclysm: the Ultimates Last Stand. it looks as if this very well could be the end of the Ultimate Universe (but I’d bet Miles Morales ain’t goin’ nowhere). That would have been a much bigger deal five years ago. As more information from creator interviews and blogs trickle in post con, it’s clear there are some new and shiny things on the horizon, but the fanfare was definitely missing from the panels. That’s not to discount these announcements, but where’s the razzle dazzle? Were we supposed to learn about Inhuman this weekend? That would have been kind of big.
The rest of the news was from smaller publishers. Image got the jump on everyone with the Image Expo, so they didn’t have to share any spotlight (a genius move, by the way). Power Ranges and WWE are getting comics, as is the FOX cartoon Bob’s Burgers. Some of the biggest reactions I saw over the weekend were from the announcement IDW made about reprinting The Maxx and Gail Simone doing Tomb Raider for Dark Horse.
There were a couple of drops from the big guys and quite a bit from the little guys. Overall, there certainly didn’t seem to be a single blockbuster comics announcement the whole weekend. Is that because there legitimately wasn’t anything huge to talk about, or have we all become jaded these past few years? Or are the publishers playing it smart? The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show had more buzz leading up to it than any panel on any comic. Chances are that was going to be the case no matter what they did. SDCC is huge (some would argue it’s too huge). With Trinity War just starting and Infinity right around the corner, Marvel and DC are on a good course for October and New York Comic Con. We have some inkling as to what comes next (Forever Evil and Inhuman, respectively), so the stars look to be aligning for some legit news at what is considered by many to be the biggest Comic Con in the country in just a couple of months.
It’s the smart play. While it does leave SDCC a little weak with regards to the Big Two, there was still plenty to come out of the weekend. There’s a lot to get excited about. Realistically, there was little DC could have done to even come close to matching the hype around a Superman/Batman movie. Calling a movie Age of Ultron sent fanboys into such a frenzy (because that story was awful), that not even the blackest, gayest, superiorest Spider-Man comic book wedding could have competed. So while the comics announcements may have been a bit underwhelming, there’s a good chance they would have been no matter what when compared to the movie stuff. We live in weird times. One comic book movie can make more money than the entire combined sales from the direct market in a year, so it’s not exactly shocking when they put the movies first on the biggest stage of them all.
What say you, dear reader? What tickled your nerd places the most? Did you squee at Loki? Swoon at Supes and Bats? Are you absolutely STOKED for Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe? Sound off in the comments. There’s plenty to love.