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    Multiversity’s Best and Worst of SDCC

    By | July 27th, 2010
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    San-Diego Comic Con is the place to be for some of the biggest announcements regarding the comic industry, and even more not so big ones. We all have that project we want to hear more about, or the future of the characters we love, and with so many announcements you can bet that everyone has their own choice of what was the best announcement at the convention. Similarly, we each have some bits of news that we are wary about, to say the least. Follow the cut to see what some of Multiversity’s writers considered the best and worst of this weekend’s convention, and be sure to let us know in the comments section what you’re most excited (or not excited) for.


    Best: Finding out that both Frank Quitely and Cameron Stewart will be working on Multiversity with Grant Morrison. Few people work as well with Morrison as Quitely and Stewart, as the past has shown, and they’re two of my favorite artists. In particular, the universes they will be depicting (the Watchmen-esque Charlton Comics one for Quitely and the Marvel Family one for Stewart) fit their respective styles very well, so I can’t wait to see how it looks.

    Worst: I know most are going to choose Red Hulk being an Avenger as the worst news, but I was more let down by the announcement that Will Eisner’s classic A Contract With God will be adapted into film. I just don’t get Hollywood’s desire to adapt both books and comics at such a heavy rate. If you want to be exposed to one of the most influential graphic novels of all time, why not just read the graphic novel?


    Best: For me, I think the most exciting thing was about the Avengers collective of films. I know that I’m always moaning about SDCC not being so much about actual comics, but it was kind of lost not to get swept up in all the craziness that will be taking place with these films. What with two cast members being announced (one of which is Jeremy freaking Renner as Hawkeye!) and the director being solidified, it’s very easy to get excited for this movie. It’s kind of like the ultimate nerd movie that has always needed to exist and finally does. On top of that, all the new info on Thor and Captain America makes me feel like next summer can not come soon enough. Marvel has figured out how to do their movies, and they’re rocking it solid.

    Worst: Oddly enough – and in a choice I’m sure many people will raise eyebrows at – Batman Inc is the worst thing. Here’s the deal: I’m a huge Morrison fan and everyone knows this. However, after hearing about Batman Inc as the new book Morrison will be working on, I just can’t seem to muster any excitement. With his reign in the Batbooks ending, I was hoping that this meant we would be getting more original work and the finale of Seaguy, or perhaps him moving on to work with other characters. Anything other than Batman. Instead, we’re getting a Brave and the Bold-esque Batman team-up book. Well, I’m sure I’ll buy it and love it and whatnot, but as of now I’m really pretty disappointed that after all this time, he’s still just writing a Batman book. I was ready for something else and something more.


    Best: To be honest: this is a tie, and it both comes from Marvel’s camp. The official announcement of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner further solidified the cast which was already badass. The other winner is as much a mystery as it was cool: the unveiling of the Infinity Gauntlet. Why was it made? I have no idea. But it was so

    I could go the easy way out and say it was the stabbing (seriously, uncool), but I have a feeling that will be the worst for a lot of people. And even then, my “worst” wasn’t exactly a bad thing, just a disappointment for now. Nathan Fillion said he was NOT playing Hank Pym? My heart dropped.

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    Best: The best moment, without a doubt, was the Avengers lineup reveal. I figured it was coming yet seeing them all together along with what Whedon and RDJ had to say was just…momentous. This is really happening. It’s easy to see the Avengers in a comic, but in a movie? God. Unimaginable. Marvel Films is killing it.

    With that said, I have to give props to The Walking Dead and Scott Pilgrim teams. They both owned their respective sections of SDCC and the buzz behind them rocketed to new heights thanks to their performances.

    Worst: I’ve already posted about this, but the confirmation of the Amazing Spider-Man changes with Dan Slott writing it twice monthly is disappointing. Slott is perhaps my least favorite writer from Team Spidey, and to go forward without Joe Kelly involved mitigates my excitement quite a bit. I love the selections of Stefano Caselli and Marcos Martin to be on the art team, but as a once mammoth Humberto Ramos fan, I just don’t like his selection…couldn’t we have seen Max Fiumura take the last spot? Or for the love of god, the epic talent of Chris Bachalo?


    Best: The best news for me was the announcement that Peter David would be working on the upcoming Young Justice cartoon. As an avid fan of the now defunct series I was incredibly amped to hear he would be contributing to the cartoon based on the comic that he made one of my all time favorites.

    In a close second though would have to be the announcement that Booster and the superior Blue Beetle, Jamie Reyes, would be appearing in the final season of Smallville. While I know many feel this show has long past it’s prime, and it would be hard to argue it hasn’t, I am still crazy amped as I love those characters and that show.
    Worst: The worst news of the con is that the Batman: Brave and the Bold cartoon will join other recently announced fatalities, Spectacular Spider-Man and Wolverine and the X-Men, in the cartoon based on comics category. All of these were truly excellent cartoons and I am baffled that the trio all never made it past season two. How these shows failed and the god awful Teen Titans cartoon survived so long is beyond me. At least there will be Young Justice right?

    Walt Richardson

    Walt is a former editor for Multiversity Comics and current podcaster/ne'er-do-well. Follow him on Twitter @goodbyetoashoe... if you dare!