– Last week, Marvel teased about a new ongoing series written by Paul Cornell and drawn by legendary penciler Alan Davis with the sound effect teaser “SNIKT” – which has long been the text sound effect used for Wolverine popping his trademark claws. This week, the obvious was announced; both Cornell (best known at Marvel for CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI-13) and Davis working on a new WOLVERINE title. The series launches in March, and would be the second title for Logan with Frank Cho’s SAVAGE WOLVERINE starting in January. It has been a very long time since Wolverine has been a strong enough franchise to steadily support two ongoing titles focused on him – roughly three to five years. Cornell is coming off a lengthy run at DC Comics with work on ACTION COMICS and DEMON KNIGHTS, while Alan Davis has been doing terrific artwork for Marvel Comics for decades but is freshly removed from an arc of CAPTAIN AMERICA some time ago. Cornell’s first arc will be called “Hunting Season” and revolve around a hostage crisis, and seems to lump Wolverine’s real name (James Howlett) with his well known alias (Logan) into one name – “James Logan”. While he will probably always been a popular enough character to support one ongoing title and appear in multiple team books, Wolverine’s peak was likely at the middle of the decade and his sales have fallen to historic lows in recent years. It will remain to be seen how much of a sales threshold there is for two Canucklehead books.
– Another promotion for March 2013 is something called “X-TERMINATION”, which seems to feature Wolverine and the “Age of Apocalypse” reality version of Nightcrawler who has been running around in UNCANNY X-FORCE. That title has ended and seems to be immediately replaced in the near future by CABLE & X-FORCE, and no creative team or title has been announced for this story…yet.
– At the start of the month, comic book creators large and small announced plans to use their medium to attempt to raise funds to aid in the recovery of areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy – which includes many sections of New York. Matt Fraction continues this trend of comics doing real good by announcing that all of his royalties from January’s HAWKEYE #7 will be donated to the Red Cross to aid in this recovery effort. The issue itself revolves around a similar natural disaster hitting NYC, which is a change from the original solicitation. This may remind some of the disaster relief comics Marvel published after 9/11.
– Bryan Singer, director of the upcoming “X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST” has confirmed that actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen would reprise their roles as Charles Xavier and Magneto, respectively, in the July 18th, 2014 film. It is also confirmed that all of the stars from “X-MEN: FIRST CLASS” – James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult – would also reprise their roles. Thus, it is expected that this film will follow the roots of the comic tale it is based on by being a time crossed affair. Singer, who directed the first two X-Men films for Fox and produced the most recent, shifted back into the director’s chair when Matthew Vaughan departed the assignment last month.
– Relative newcomer Brett Dalton has been cast as original character agent Grant Ward in Joss Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV show for ABC’s fall 2013 season. He’s been seen in CBS’ “BLUE BLOODS” and Lifetime’s “ARMY WIVES”, and joins a cast which includes Ming-Na, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.
– New screen shots from the set of “THOR: THE DARK WORLD” feature Thor taking on the dark elf Malekith, complete with CGI electrodes attached, have emerged.