NYCC Explodes with Exciting Announcements

New York Comic Con 2019 is over, but publishers gave retailers and their customers plenty to talk about for months to come with news of upcoming projects for the balance of 2019 and beyond.

What follows are some of the highlights from publishers revealed during the event.

Brian Azzarello & Maria Llovet’s hit series Faithless will return in April 2020, but fans won’t have to wait long for a new story from Llovet: her new five-issue series Heartbeat — a dark, violent, decadent, disturbing story entwining life, death, blood and love — will arrive in stores in November.

BOOM! also teased their upcoming horror title The Red Mother, a new original series by Jeremy Haun & Jeremy Luckert that examines the dangers that hide in plain sight – and the consequences of digging beneath the surface to find the truth underneath. 

Simon Spurrier & Chris Wildgoose will launch a new original series, Alienated (February 2020), a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but not the experience or wisdom to truly wield it.

Writers Evan Narcisse & Austin Walker and artist Daniel Bayliss form the creative team for a new 2020 graphic novel, WWE: The New Day, starring WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and WWE Superstars Big E & Xavier Woods of The New Day.

The world of Black Hammer continues to draw readers with Black Hammer 3 (featuring the first issues of the original Black Hammer run, Sherlock Frankenstein, and Quantum Age; November) and the new 12-issue Skulldigger + Skeleton Boy (December) miniseries from Jeff Lemire, Tonci Zonjic, and Steve Wands

The Umbrella Academy was the second most-watched program in 2019, and Dark Horse has announced the Hazel and Cha-Cha Save Christmas: Tales from the Umbrella Academy (November) one-shot, starring the fan-favorite time-tripping assassins in a new story written by Gerard Way & Scot Allie with art by Tommy Lee Edwards.

Tales from Harrow County returns with a new miniseries, Death Choir (December), which picks up 10 years after the first season ended and pits Bernice against a resurrection of the dead. 

The Witcher Omnibus (November) will collect issues #1–#5 of The Witcher comic series House of Glass, Fox Children, Curse of Crows, and the Killing Monsters one-shot, plus annotations and a sketchbook, all value-priced at $24.99. The Omnibus will be in stores around the time the Witcher Netflix series premieres, as will such merchandise as flasks, pint glasses and statues.

The World of Cyberpunk 2077 (April 2020) will build upon consumer anticipation for the new video game with an in-depth, 220-page “lore book” that delves into the dystopian world setting.

The Art of The Last of Us Part II (March 2020) offers extensive insights into the making of the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning Naughty Dog/Sony Studios video game in a 9” x 12” hardcover filled with concept art, character designs, stunningly detailed environments, and more.

Dark Horse’s new Stranger Things miniseries, Into the Fire, will take fans of the Netflix hit beyond Season 2 as test subjects from Hawkins Lab must embark on a dangerous search for a pyrokinetic who could be the key to uncovering the true consequences of Dr. Brenner’s work. 

Younger readers seeking to explore the weird world of Stranger Things will be able to do so with the all ages Zombie Boys TP (January 2020), which takes place after the events of Season 1.

DC revealed its new, extensive Continuity Timeline that groups the DCU into four Generations — Dawn of the Heroic Age (starting with Wonder Woman), The Space Age (starting with Superman), The Age of Crisis (starting with the Crisis of Infinite Earths) and The Flashpoint (the present day).

DC’s Young Adult line — which scored a major hit with Teen Titans: Raven — continues to grow with Batman: Nightwalker (available now) and Wonder Woman: Warbringer (January 2020)

Following the Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium miniseries, Brian Michael Bendis & Ryan Sook will helm the new Legion of Super-Heroes ongoing series.

The Black Label line for mature readers will continue in December with The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child, a 48-page one-shot by Frank Miller & Rafael Grampá set three years after Master Race; and The Last God (October), Philip Kennedy Johnson & Riccardo Federici’s dark fantasy series for perfect for D&D fans and fantasy lovers. 

Excitement is building for the Hill House imprint of creator-owned horror stories curated by Joe Hill. Titles include Basketful of Heads, The Dollhouse Family, The Low, Low Woods, Daphne Byrne and Plunge. A backup feature, Sea Dogs, will run serialized in each series issue. Each main story is a standalone story with connections and Easter eggs between each book.

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will reunite with Harley Quinn for the four-issue Black Label miniseries Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey, in which Harley reunites with Black Canary, Cassandra Cain (Batgirl), Renee Montoya, and the Huntress to survive a $100,000 bounty on her head — placed by The Joker.

Jim Lee & Brad Meltzer are teaming up for an eight-page story in an upcoming issue that entwines Batman with the true story of war hero Salvatore Giunta, the last recipient of the Medal of Honor for service in Afghanistan. The entire issue will be a war comic that honors to DC’s illustrious past in that genre.

In related news, DC Unlimited announced a November 29 premiere date for the animated Harley Quinn series starring The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, as well as a new anthology series for 2020: Bizarro TV, a “mixed media” television series that will feature unexpected DC fan favorites, including Space Cabbie, Slam Bradley, the Creeper and Ambush Bug. Also announced: DC Unscripted, which offers fans a chance to pitch their original non-narrative unscripted ideas, with one of them ultimately becoming an original streaming series.

DC Unlimited also announced Community Week (October 23-30), which will bring content similiar to that found at a comic convention to viewers beginning with a live Q&A with Titans’ Starfire, Anna Diop.

Dynamite Used NYCC to promote exciting new projects announced ahead of the show, among them:

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos! (January), which will bring the invasion of Hyboria by the Chaos! Universe when a cosmic-level spat between Mistress Hel and Lady Demon leaves Sonja stuck in the middle with Chastity, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Jade and more.

George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings (January), continuing the adaptation of the second novel in the epic fantasy series, picking up approximately halfway through the 1998 novel.

In 2020, John Layman & Nick Bradshaw will premiere Bermuda, a new creator-owned series that will follow a normal 16-year old girl who lives in an otherworldly dimension with dinosaurs, pirates and other dangers.

Following the success of George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy, IDW will publish three new non-fiction graphic novels in the months ahead: After the Spring (November), a black & white tale of French writer/artist Hélène Aldeguer’s youth in Tunisia during the Arab Spring; The Mueller Report (April 2020), a comedic, accessible interpretation by Steve Duin  & Shannon Wheeler; and Tiananmen 1989 (July 2020) by writer (and firsthand witness to the protests) Lun Zhang and artists Adrien Gombeaud & Ameziane.

Sex Criminals is entering its final story arc as original creators Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky return to a monthly schedule with issue #26 (which will feature an XXX blind bag variant by artist Jason Latour).

2020 will see the return of The Goddamned, DIE!DIE!DIE!Low, Nailbiter, and Saga, as well as new releases and project announcements from a host of superstar creators including Robert Kirkman, Marjorie Liu, Jonathan Hickman, Mark Millar, Annie Wu, Jim Shooter and many others.

Mercy by Mirka Andolfo (Unnatural) will debut in March 2020, the sexy, dark fantasy tale of “inhuman” Lady Hellaine and her butler, Mr. Goodwill. 

The End (January) will be six one-shots detailing the final destinies of Captain Marvel, Deadpool, Venom, Doctor Strange and Miles Morales, plus one more to be revealed.

Marvel will celebrate its deep well of villains when Ruins of Ravencroft (January) spins out of the Absolute Carnage event with one-shots written by Frank Tieri, and dedicated to Carnage, Sabretooth, and Dracula, and one devoted to the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane. Marvel Tales and True Believers reprints will also focus on Ravencroft and its denizens.

An exciting addition to the Marvel Universe — Star, from the pages of Captain Marvel — will earn her own miniseries in January, written by Captain Marvel writer and Star creator Kelly Thompson.

Other upcoming series featured included Deadpool (November) by Kelly Thompson & Chris Bachalo; Iron Man 2020 (January) by Dan Slott & Christos Gage and Pete Woods; Conan: Serpent War (December), a four-part miniseries from Jim Zub & Scot Eaton.

Donny Cates and Nic Klein will raise the hammer as the creative team for Thor, starting in January, while Guardians of the Galaxy will relaunch in January with writer Al Ewing and artist Juann Cabal as its new creative team.

Writer Benjamin Percy will unite with artists Adam Kubert and Viktor Bogdonavic for Wolverine #1 (February), the new series that will begin the next wave of the Dawn of X titles by exploring the underworld of the mutants' newfound status quo.

January will also bring a Facsimile Edition of one of comics’ biggest debuts: The Incredible Hulk #180, the first appearance of Wolverine.

Star Wars (January) by Charles Soule & Jesus Saiz will explore new territory as it chronicles events set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, opening the door for exciting new storytelling opportunities and expanding the Star Wars mythos in surprising ways.

Titan rolled out information and art for several titles:

Robotech Remix #1 (October) will re-imagine the anime classic under Brenden Fletcher & Elmer Damaso.

Doctor Who: Year Two will kick off in January with a crossover between the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors as they try to save the universe from the Weeping Angels.

Adler, Woman of Mystery (February 2020) will team Sherlock Holmes frenemy Irene Adler with “famous female faces from science, history, and literature” against Professor Moriarty in a new title from Lavie Tidhar & Paul McCaffrey.

Look for more Tank Girl in 2020 as consumer interest is raised by progress reports on Margot Robbie’s optioning of the film rights under director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.

Other Titan properties also recently optioned for TV & Movies: Rivers of London, A Darker Shade of Magic and The Chronicles of Hawkmoon.

Andrew Lloyd Webber & Charles Hart’s rendition of The Phantom of the Opera will be adapted into a graphic novel by Cavan Scott & José María Beroy.

Upcoming Valiant titles teased with cover art and interior pages included Roku by Cullen Bunn & Ramón F. Bachs (October), Rai by Dan Abnett & Juan José Ryp (November), The Visitor by Paul Levitz & MJ Kim (December) and Quantum & Woody by Christopher Hastings & Ryan Browne (January).