At San Diego Comic-Con, during Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada's "Cup O' Joe" panel, it was announced that Marvel will be publishing the long-awaited sequel to 2001's "Wolverine: Origin" series.  The limited series will launch in November, and we got the chance to talk to creative team Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert about their work on this title, and how they're going about delving into more of James Howlett/Logan/Wolverine's early years.




In December, the 'first season' of Marvel's "Young Avengers" will draw to a close, and author Kieron Gillen has big plans for what happens next...  But before launching into the next big storyline, he's giving them a second to kick back and have fun, as he (and series artist Jamie McKelvie) are assembling an all-star lineup of artists and guest stars for some post-New Years revelry in the special issue "Young Avengers - The Afterparty"! I took the chance to speak (and geek out) with Gillen about the story, the collaborators and characters, and his experiences creating this title.



In November, Kieron Gillen sends Tony Stark in a whole new direction, as he follows up the groundbreaking Iron Man arc "Secret Origin" with an even more ambitious Iron Man storyline, entitled "Iron Metropolitan."  We spoke to Gillen and his collaborator, acclaimed artist Joe Bennett, to find out about their inspirations for this story, and get some hints about what we can look forward to in these issues.


Tony Stark straps on his new armor and splits to outer space in Kieron Gillen and Greg Land's "GodKiller" arc in "Iron Man" 6.

Marvel says:


Tony gears up for his trip to space in this "Iron Man" #5 first look.


Starting with February's issue #6, Kieron Gillen will be taking Tony Stark into space with the beginning of the "Godkiller" arc. According to the "Phonogram" writer, this arc will bridge Iron Man's time on Earth and recently-announced membership in the Guardians of the Galaxy.


Beginning in August, when it comes to Marvel’s Norse gods Loki and Thor… Everything Burns. A nine-part epic arc teaming writers Matt Fraction (The Mighty Thor) with Kieron Gillen (Journey Into Mystery) will cross over their two titles, with art by Alan Davis & Carmine Di Giandomenico, covers by Alan Davis and special 50th anniversary cover by Steve McNiven.

But what happens, you ask? After an old foe returns to wreak vengeance on the nine realms, Thor and Loki have to team up to take him down. But things don’t go as planned, as Asgardian secrets are revealed, Thor finds himself in over his head, and Loki may find all the lies he’s set up over the course of Gillen’s run crashing down on his head. Oops. Read More...

How did Image's first solo convention go? And what's the publisher got in store for the next year? How does a new series from Grant Morrison strike you?

The publisher teased a new series from Morrison exuberantly titled Happy!, featuring art by The Boys Darick Robertson. No details or even genre are available, but this would be Morrison's first creator-owned project since Joe the Barbarian at Vertigo, if I recall correctly. The series got its first official image with the promo at the top of this article. I'm guessing it has something to do with hyperdimensional birds. [iFanboy]

You can find teaser images and info on some of the new titles after the jump.

With 2011 almost behind us, it's time to take a look at some of the comic writers who made reading comics worth it this year. In spite of all of the relaunches, revamps, and revisions going on throughout the year, you'll note that the consistent theme through most of our list is some of the up-and-coming but no longer quite new types who've made their way into comics.

Last week, we brought you news about the end of Uncanny X-Men with issue #544. Well now, Marvel is taking the uncanniest X-folks into a new era of uncanniness by starting over from scratch!


After a measly 544(!) issues, the legendary X-Men title, The Uncanny X-Men reaches its conclusion (until the title's relaunch!)! How will it all go down? Don't know yet! But we've a preview to whet your little appetites!

Battered, beaten and bruised due to the catastrophic events of Fear Itself and X-Men: Schism, the creative team of Kieron Gillen and Greg Land bring fans the final issue of Uncanny X-Men with Uncanny X-Men #544! They’ve been through it all together, and now they’re on the dawn of a new age. And when you throw Mr. Sinister into the mix – there’s no telling how this one will end! Join us for the end of the industry-shaping series with Uncanny X-Men #544.

Check out the pages below!

Cap starts barking orders and even I'm feeling intimidated.
***Spoilers below***

Journey Into Mystery: "So, Mephisto walks into a bar..."

Is Journey Into Mystery coming out biweekly? Because I feel like I either just read or reviewed an issue. Not that I'm complaining, mind you--just curious. We seem to be gifted with the writing of Mr. Gillen of late and that's not at all a bad thing. Issue 628 offers yet another detour on the heels of #627's flashback.

Here, Mephisto takes some time out at an Earth bar in the middle of all of the Fear Itself goings on to unburden himself of some of his recent observations and troubles. In the process, Gillen takes us on a brief tour of Hell and the many devils that run it as well as what passes for an all-encompassing "heaven"--the Infinite Embassy. In both locations,

Behold The Mighty Trons, Guys

This promo image for the lineup of "The Mighty" is a tease for the final issue of Fear Itself, as members of the Avengers get powered up by hybrid Starktech/Asgardian weapons, and get all swagged out in neon piping. I suspect that like the Serpent's hammers, the weapons will seek out the users, perhaps based on an emotion. Hope, maybe? No, the last thing Wolverine inspires in anyone is hope. But in that case, why doesn't Cap get one? Also, interestingly (to me) by contrast to the servants of the Serpent, the majority of the heroes get bladed weapons. That's kind of a cool mean of differentiation, although I have trouble buying Ms. Marvel cutting someone in two.

Fear Itself Book Six and Journey Into Mystery #628 are available now. Fear Itself Book Seven hits October 19.

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There's a nearly perfect book bearing the title Fear Itself on the shelves, and it's being written by Kieron Gillen.

Have I mentioned before how much I'm digging this book? Well, then allow me to continue to heap praise upon it. Journey Into Mystery isn't simply one of the best Fear Itself books on the shelves but one of the best titles Marvel is putting out right now. Writer Kieron Gillen brings such a great mix of elements to the book--humor, danger, strong characterization, actual mystery--that it creates a pang in the reader when you realize that at some point, Gillen's profile will rise and he'll likely leave Loki and Journey behind.

Let's look at why the book continues to work so well and why I think Gillen and Fraction should have switched roles in terms of who's writing what for Fear Itself.


It looks like the biggest casualty to come out of Marvel's upcoming Jason Aaron-penned event "Schism" will be Uncanny X-Men, which will be cancelled with October's issue #544, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Greg Land. It looks like the beef between Cyclops and Wolverine will be terrible enough to rip apart the very structure of Marvel's publication schedule.

Or maybe it's yet another frightening unintended consequence of Flashpoint.


Over on the official site, Marvel has announced one of the big, strange changes tied into Fear Itself: "the Unstoppable Colossus" in Uncanny X-Men #543, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Greg Land.

Wait, "Unstoppable Colussus?"

Apparently, to stop a the rampaging Juggernaut, who recently picked up one of The Serpent's hammers in Fear Itself #2, longtime X-Man, Colossus takes on the Cain Marko's former mantle as the bearer of the Cyttorak gem. According to writer Kieron Gillen, big-time nice guy Piotr Rasputin will be making a deal with the demon Cyttorak in order to gain the power necessary to save the his fellow X-Men and the rest of San Francisco from a rampaging Cain Marko, now called The Breaker of Stone. Read More...

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