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NYCC ’18: Gillen and Wijngaard Revive “Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt”

By | October 2nd, 2018
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Classic Charlton hero “Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt” is returning at Dynamite Entertainment, and he’s bringing Kieron Gillen (“The Wicked + The Divine,” “Uncanny X-Men”) with him.

“I’ve been away from the [superhero] genre for a few years,” said Gillen, in a statement published at The Hollywood Reporter. “This is me refreshed, grinning, and more than a little bit angry. I want to try things. I want to have fun.”

Gillen and artist Caspar Wijngaard (“Angelic,” “Limbo”) will launch the new adventures of “Peter Cannon” in early 2019, building on a history that stretches back to 1966, when Cannon debuted as part of Charlton Comics’s “Action Heroes” line. Cannon’s starred in several series since, including stints at DC Comics and Dynamite, but might be best known as the inspiration for “Watchmen”‘s Ozymandias.

In his statement, Gillen teased at Cannon’s “Watchmen” connection just a bit, while promising a series that sits on the cutting edge of superhero adventure.

“I wanted to do a state of the art, state of the superheroic nation, and ‘Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt’ is it. High adventure, big ideals, epic destruction, heroism, despair, and nine-panel grids.”

“There’s a fascinating duality to Peter Cannon,” said Matt Idelson, senior editor at Dynamite. “There’s more going on here than just what’s happening on the page, and I’m very excited to see peoples’ response to the book.”

The latest volume of “Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt” will launch in January 2019.

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Matthew Ledger

Matt's a professional writer who started comics with "Batman Adventures" and now reads just about anything. You can find more of his work at Matt Reads Comics, Matt Plays Magic, and the short story collection 500 x 50. He's on Twitter as @mat_ledge.


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