Fan Expo: Marvel News Wrap Up

Alpha Flight becomes an ongoing series, more Crossgen titles are announced and a surprise writer is taking on Wolverine.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The annual Fan Expo in Canada may be the last major Comic-Con of the summer, but that doesn't mean that Marvel was out of announcements when they came to visit their Canadian fans.

Fittingly, one of the biggest announcements at the Pint O' CB panel was the fact that the eight issue Alpha Flight miniseries by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and Dale Eaglesham has been bumped up to an ongoing series, giving the creators at least a full year to play with Canada's premiere superhero team.

Van Lente will also be writing The Destroyers, a five issue miniseries that teams up The Thing, She-Hulk, Karkas, A-Bomb and The Beast as they face the threat that wiped out the dinosaurs. Artist Kyle Hotz will join Van Lente on the miniseries; which will launch in 2012.

A quick teaser featuring Wolverine's claw marks with the name Brian Wood was also shown, suggesting that the former DC/Vertigo exclusive creator will be chronicling the adventures of Marvel's top mutant superhero beginning in 2012.

At Sunday's "Next Big Thing" panel, two new CrossGen titles were announced. Beginning in December, Peter Milligan and artist Roman Rosanas will revive the spy action book, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in a four issue miniseries. And in February 2012, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Peter Nguyen will bring the horror title, Route 666 from the alternate Earth-like planet in the original series to a true 1950s setting.

Although there aren't any plans for a new Runaways series, it was mentioned several times that the characters will return soon in Daken: Dark Wolverine and in other books in the next year.

Fear Itself was the subject of its own panel in which writer Matt Fraction explained why Bucky was killed off during the crossover instead of in Captain America as originally planned by Ed Brubaker. During the creative summit in which Fear Itself was laid out, Brubaker made the initial suggestion about Bucky's fate and Fraction quickly latched on to it. Fraction also publicly thanked Brubaker for that gesture prior to talking about the upcoming Fear Itself 7.1, 7.2. and 7.3; which will focus on the fallout from the crossover and the profound effect it has on Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. It was also largely hinted that another one of Marvel's heroic icons is set to die before the end of the event.

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso also stressed that Fear Itself, X-Men Schism and Avengers: Children's Crusade are leading up to a larger event next year; which will call back to many of the stories from the last ten years at Marvel.