At most cons, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada holds court in a huge hall to take on all questions, chat with some special guests, and make some huge announcements. Called the Cup O’ Joe panel, the version at this year’s New York Comic Con was no different.
First, it was announced that through the Marvel Custom imprint, the House of Ideas would be putting out a book featuring basketball superstar Lebron James called ‘Lebron: King of the Rings’. The premise involved the player fighting aliens in what might be confused as a pitch for ‘Space Jam 2’.
Next, a huge collaboration between Marvel and Disney was teased, but no one on the panel could reveal anything about it just yet. Although, they reassured us that it would not be a Donald Duck and Howard the Duck crossover.
Then, a limited series called ‘The Punisher: Nightmare’ from Scott Gimple and Mark Texiera was announced. The story revolves around Frank Castle meeting a soldier who’s family is killed in the same manner as Frank’s, so he’s wondering if this new guy will be an ally or possibly his new arch-nemesis.
Finally, two huge new titles were revealed to the world: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Nova’. Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness are the ones that will bring Nova into his very own solo book as a part of Marvel NOW. Then the new Guardians book brings together the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven to present the team of Groot, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Draxx, Starlord, and someone who looks an awful lot like Iron Man. Who could this new team member be? Both books are meant to bring Marvel’s cosmic universe more in line with their regular universe so that it’s all one inclusive world.
Check out a few pictures from the Cup O’ Joe panel below of covers for these newly announced titles:
Oh yeah, Steve Wacker may have mentioned that Peter Parker may no longer be Spider-Man. I’ll get to the bottom of this on Sunday when I attend the Amazing Spider-Man panel and then get back to you.