The Best Comics From NYCC You Should Read: 'Serenity,' 'Inhumanity' and More
Wondering what you missed at this year's New York Comic-Con? Check out our list of the superhero comics and innovative graphic novels--plus some wonderfully geeky displays--that had con-goers buzzing.
DC Comics: 75 Super Years Later
By the entrance to the NYCC floor, DC Comics offered up a memorable display of Superman's costumes through the years, featuring tights worn by Christopher Reeves, Brandon Routh and--most recently--Henry Cavill. But for fans who wanted more than pictures from the Man of Steel's birthday festivities, there's the upcoming release of "Superman: A Celebration of 75 Years." The hardcover collection will contain some of the best and most influential stories from Kal-El's past, including works from Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Alan Moore, John Byrne, Joe Kelly and Grant Morrison.
Marvel: Oh, the "Inhumanity"
Marvel's biggest announcement was the launch of the "Inhumanity" line of comics: After the Terragenesis Bomb went off in "Infinity"#4, it triggered latent superpowers in the human descendants of the Inhumans, an ancient and all-powerful race. The repercussions of this will extend to familiar faces in the Marvel Universe: "Uncanny X-Men" #15 will see the mutants reacting to another gifted population, while Bruce Banner will be called in to consult on the bomb in "Incredible Hulk" #17. But really, this arc is about the new Inhumans. Teased Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, "Not everyone will love their superpowers."
Image: A Decade of the Undead
Ten years and 115 issues later, "Walking Dead" creators Rick Grimes and Robert Kirkman are still going strong. The anniversary celebration kicked off at the Image booth under the watchful eye of mega-villain Neegan, as fans queued up to get their copy of the color edition of "The Walking Dead" #1. After all, going back to where the series started is a great way to pass time between seasons.
Dark Horse: Can't Stop the Signal
Thanks to their success in the Buffyverse--"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel & Faith" continue on to season 10 in comic book form--Dark Horse announced that they plan to release another comic book adaptation of everybody's favorite space western, "Firefly." The sequel miniseries, "Serenity: Leaves on the Wind," will also be written by Zack Whedon, who co-wrote "The Shepherd's Tale" with brother Joss.
For now, "Serenity: Leaves on the Wind" will be a six-issue miniseries (kicking off in January 2014) rather than a monthly series or an official "season 2." One thing we are looking forward to is a heavily pregnant Zoe! Wash's legacy will live on.
Boom! Studios: Exploring Very Distant Lands
Whether you're geeking out about the Land of Ooo or a secret base on Mars, Boom! Studios has you covered. The publisher has not one, but three mathematical series spun off from the crazy-popular Cartoon Network series "Adventure Time," along with an all-ages ongoing based on Cartoon Hangover's Bravest Warriors.
Oni Press: Welcome to the Weird West
From "Scott Pilgrim" to "Stumptown," the Oni Press booth had a wide selection of critically acclaimed comics, deluxe hardcovers and special editions. The highlight of the bunch was an exclusive oversized hardcover of "The Sixth Gun," a supernatural thriller about six cursed pistols, set in the Old West.
First Second: Rebels, Scientists and Gourmet Food
Anniversaries and exclusives aside, the hidden gem of NYCC had to be the boxed set of "Boxers & Saints," two parallel stories set during Boxer Rebellion from "American Born Chinese" author Gene Luen Yang. First Second's booth was packed with that sort of underrated excellence, from Lucy Knisley's memoir/cookbook "Relish" to Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks' primatology primer, "Primates."