The latest independent comics news items from October 5th - 7th, 2013!
Matt Wagner's Grendel meets another costumed vigilante!
Created in 1982 and published by Dark Horse Comics, Matt Wagner's "Grendel" has thrilled readers with the tales of a generational assassin identity told throughout time periods. The original "Grendel" was both written and drawn by Wagner while later efforts involved other collaborators and other incarnations. The character even met Batman in a special published in 1993. Now, thanks to Dynamite Comics, "Grendel" is about to meet another iconic crime-fighter from the pulp era - this time one of the originals, "the Shadow".
Announced in advance of the New York Comic Con, "The Shadow vs. Grendel" will see release next year as a three issue mini series offering 48 page installments. Wagner stated that it would star the original incarnation of Grendel, Hunter Rose, who was an author by day and a professional assassin by night - who ultimately took over the mob. Feeling that "The Shadow" works best when set in his original era of the 1930's, the story will involve some mystical time travel shenanigans to get Grendel back in time and facing off with the pulp hero. Much like with the Batman meeting, Wagner looks forward to contrasting Rose with the Shadow while also playing up their similar tactics. The series will be printed in color and will add some extra buzz to one of Dynamite Comics' older licenses as well as hype up upcoming "Grendel" collections by Dark Horse Comics.
Giant robots unite at the NYCC!
One of the major innovators of "mecha" in terms of U.S. market appeal, the original "Voltron" graced TV screens in 1984 and has returned in various incarnations ever since. Dynamite Comics has since gained the license for new comic book adventures for "Voltron" on the heels of a new cartoon series gracing cable TV. It has since been announced that starting in December, a comic book mini series will be produced teaming the cast and giant robots of "Voltron" with another iconic 1980's franchise about advanced technology - "Robotech". Hitting TV screens in 1985, "Robotech" was the production of a union between Harmony Gold and Japan's Tatsunoko Production which has also seen new incarnations and series since.
Dynamite Comics will present a panel regarding this team-up on October 11th featuring creative director Tommy Yune who will co-write the comic book series. The panel will also feature more brass from Dynamite and "Voltron" as they seek to maximize on the nostalgic potential of the NYCC. It is a good time to be from "Generation Y" when some of your favorite franchises get to team up for a purpose which doesn't involve an anti-drug public service announcement.
Greg Pak moves to Dynamite Comics!
Poking some fun at recent vague press releases by Marvel Comics, Dynamite Comics has announced that writer Greg Pak will be working on a new project with them. Dubbed "the terror", the teaser is especially vague with a promise of more over the weekend. Formerly one of Marvel's many staff writers best known for his "Planet Hulk" run, he's since moved onto DC Comics on their new "Superman/Batman" series. It isn't known whether this will be a creator owned series by Pak or one of the licenses Dynamite owns.