CCI, Day 4: Mondo Marvel Panel

Sun, July 23rd, 2006 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Arune Singh, Staff Writer

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While the Comic-Con International in San Diego came to a close Sunday, Marvel Comics wasn't about to go out quietly. In attendance at the day's Marvel Universe panel were Brian K. Vaughan, Robert Kirkman, Jeff Parker, Greg Pak, Daniel Way, Marc Guggenheim, Rob Liefeld and Joseph Michael Straczynski. Jeph Loeb moderated the panel, making a joke about being Dan Didio.

Pak began with talking about his "Planet Hulk" storyline in "Hulk."

"The lieutenant is going to play a significant role," he teased. "Is she going to kill him or is something else going to happen as their faces near each other?"

Pak said "Hulk" #100 answers a lot of big Hulk questions and dealing with plans for his return to Earth.

Loeb and JMS joked about trying to mess with each other, and Brian Bendis, in their "Ultimate Power" limited series.

"Bendis' scripts are good for a change," joked JMS.

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The "Onslaught Reborn" panel garnered a lot of applause and Loeb said it starts with the "No More Mutants" phrase from "House Of M." The Scarlet Witch's effects on Professor X and Magneto have helped to bring back Onslaught, who now wants to find Franklin Richards (who thwarted him last time) and kill him. It's a personal story for Loeb, who wanted to write about how a son can be your most important thing in the world (his son Sam recently passed away), and will donate some of the proceeds from "Onslaught Reborn" to the Sam Loeb Scholarship Fund. You'll get hints at how Loeb and Liefeld would have really ended their work on "Heroes Reborn," had they not been yanked off the series.

"There's some kick ass stuff there," said Loeb of the new "Reborn."

And why is the Hulk in "Onslaught Reborn?" Loeb said there's an explanation for it.

Ultimate Gwen Stacy returns in "Ultimate Spider-Man" #98, which drew boos from the crowd.

"We'll have to tell that to Mr. Bendis," quipped one panelist.

"I wanted to examine the cost of one life," said JMS of his new series, "Bullet Points." "One life can change the universe."

In the book, JMS moves the death of the scientist who help with the super soldier project up an hour, with the scientist being killed, and he's named Ben Parker. We'll see Steve Rogers in Iron Man armor. Reed Richards works for SHIELD. Peter Parker becomes the Hulk. JMS promised that the November shipping book will show a very different Marvel Universe throughout the limited series event.

There will be a "New X-Men" Omnibus, collecting all of Grant Morrison's run in one book.

There's also a new MAX series called "Wisdom," though not many details were revealed, except that it's a November shipping six-issue limited series and by Paul Cornell and Trevor Hairsine.

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There is a hidden character in "Agents Of Atlas" #1 that relates to a project that Greg Pak is working on. Keep your eyes peeled.

"Hopefully you guys will all hate him, which will be lots of fun," joked Kirkman of "Irredeemable Ant Man." He's tries to cram three issues of story in one issue of "Ant Man" and will be using a 16-panel grid to give readers bang for your buck. The scribe joked that your legs would cramp if you tried to read the entire issue on the toilet, which drew a lot of laughs

Guggenheim said he's trying to make "Blade" a series for horror fans, superhero fans, and everyone in between. With self-contained issues, and an appeal to both "red and blue state" fans, Guggenheim begged everyone to check it out.

Fans seemed angry about the big death in "Runaways" but Vaughan promised that it would have serious reprecussions in the future.

There is a hidden character in "Agents Of Atlas" #1 that relates to a project that Greg Pak is working on.

"Hopefully you guys will all hate him, which will be lots of fun," joked Kirkman of "Irredeemable Ant Man." He said he's trying to cram three issues of story in one issue of "Ant Man" and will be using a 16-panel grid to give readers bang for the buck.

Guggenheim said he's trying to make "Blade" a series for horror fans, superhero fans, and everyone in between.

Way talked briefly about "Wolverine: Origins" and said #5 is a huge issue for the title character.

"Before he was looking for a needle in a haystack, and now he's basically looking at a lot of hay that needs to get cut," said Way of Logan's quest for vengeance.

Loeb's first issue of "Wolverine," issue #50, will feature an extra 12-page back up story by Loeb and artist Ed McGuiness, with Wolverine Vs Hulk, harkening back to the brawny Canadian's first appearance.

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Way said that while Johnny Blaze may have escaped Hell in "Ghost Rider," he's in a new kind of hell. Doctor Strange will show up to try to deal with flaming bike rider in issue #2.

Mike Carey is writing "Ultimate Vision." Read about it here on CBR.

CBR also has an interview with Ellis about "newuniversal," which you can check out here.

Cable's debut in "Ultimate X-Men" will reportedly cause huge changes in the book. Everything is up for grabs: the team, the mission, and everything readers think they know about the Ultimate X-Men.

"This is the happy X-Men. This is before everyone had a lot of problems," joked Parker of his "X-Men: First Class" series, which chronicles the early days of the X-Men. There'll be a vacation issue set in South Florida at the Worthington retreat and they meet the Lizard, but "I'm not going to do anything to set off your continuity buttons."

Way would love to do more Bullseye stories, and mentioned working with artist Steve Dillon as something that he would also want on future stories featuring Daredevil's nemesis.

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Chase's 18th birthday in "Runaways" will be a big thing, since all adults are evil in the series. And expect to see the new Pride show up again soon.

Way will explain how Johnny Blaze is alive and Ghost Rider again, but give it time. Issue #5 is where Johnny will "get his ducks in a row," said Way.

"We're going to put it to rest so we can move on." McCaan revealed that there is a plan to do something with the final issue of the previous "Ghost Rider" book, which wasn't published even though the art was finished. Marvel has the art, the plot and there are wheels in motion for something.

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As for why Peter Parker didn't just register with the government instead of revealing himself, JMS said Stark manipulated Peter to a degree, but the government needed a symbol to sell registration to the public.

"I decided to have a family," said Liefeld of his absence from comics.

"You were in prison, weren't you?" joked Loeb.

Nighthawk will be back in "Supreme Power" soon, according to JMS. Way would love to do another "Nighthawk" book with Steve Dillon in the MAX line.

A new Hood series is possible, said Vaughan.

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