Hey! There’s still comic book news at Comic Con. Who woulda thunk it? A number of new comic books have been announced so far at this con, and while many of them do have a film or TV connection, they are surely titles that all types of fans will be interested in. From the final frontier to California suburbia, from seminal 60s sci-fi to 80s nostalgia kitsch, there’s some interesting options coming to a comic store near you. Let’s take a look at what SDCC 2014 has in terms of actual comic announcements.
First up, a clash of the titans. IDW and Boom! are teaming up to bring you the biggest sci-fi crossover of the 1960s, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. Zing! I love it already. The new story will be written by Scott and David Tipton, who already crossed over Star Trek with another venerable sci-fi franchise in Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2. British artist Rachael Stott will be drawing the covers and interiors.
“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius’ orangutans,” explains David Tipton in a press release (via /Film). “Taylor won’t be happy with that!”
Here’s your first look at the book:
In other space-based comic book news, IDW is going to pick up where the Star Trek send-up Galaxy Quest left off 15 years ago. In the Dean Parisot film, a group of washed-up actors from a Trek-style 70s sci-fi are mistaken by aliens to be the genuine article space travellers and are called up to save the peaceful but gullible Thermians from a race of reptile warriors bent on their destruction. The impressive cast was led by Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, and the new IDW comic will follow “the crew of the NSEA Protector” as they travel the galaxy and save the universe despite not being genuine space warriors.
“I’m going to play it like Ghostbusters,” writer Erik Burnham told CBR (via ComicBook.com). Burnham, who’s coming off a run on IDW Ghostbusters series will be working with artist Nacno Arranz on the series. “It’s a comedy, but the universe they’ll be in will be played straight. Yes, a cast member may make a snarky comment towards an alien; but also, yes, that alien could kill them.”
Here’s a look at the cover art from Galaxy Quest:
Next, another cult classic, and another new comic brought to you by the fine people at IDW. Nearly 25 years after he first cut his way into our hearts, Edward Scissorhands is finally getting his own comic thanks to writer Kate Leth (Adventure Time) and artist Drew Rausch (Haunted Mansion).
“I’m overwhelmed with excitement to be writing Edward Scissorhands. As a former (and lifelong) teen goth, few things are as close to my heart as Tim Burton‘s cult classics,” said Leth in a press release. “We’re taking the story forward in time and telling a bit of a girl detective story—one of my favourite genres—a bit closer to modern times but still with that eerie, anachronistic touch. It’s a bit creepy, a bit scary, but always full of wonder. Drew and I have so much love for the film, and we like to think it shows. Keep your eyes peeled for easter eggs and plenty of spirals…”
The comic will focus Meg, the granddaughter of Kim, Winona Ryder‘s character from the film. Meg is the one who hears the story of Edward from her mother, and when weird things begin to happen in her town, Meg recalls her grandma’s bedtime story about the man with scissors for hands and decides to seek him out.
“I keep having to remind myself that this is happening—but if there was ever a team made for telling the further tales of Edward Scissorhands, it has to be Kate and I,” added Rausch. “No—seriously, IDW just built us a few months ago from some parts they had lying around. It’s been a little weird. We’re still getting the hang of all this ‘living’ stuff but we promise to deliver a story that’s just as perfectly timeless, chilling and heartwarming as the original—cross our cookie hearts!”
Here’s the cover art from the first issue of Edward Scissorhands by Locke & Key‘s Gabriel Rodriguez:
Finally, a return to the 80s. Created by Art Spiegelman and a group of cartoonists in 1985, the Garbage Pail Kids were a series of trading cards meant to send up overly cutsey characters like the Cabbage Patch Kids, but they were enormously popular in their own right and were even the subject of their own animated series. Now the cycle is complete, and IDW will be publishing a new comic book with the blessing and assistance of Topps, who released the original playing cards.
“As a child of the Eighties, I was at ground zero for the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon,” said series editor Denton J. Tipton in a press release. “The profoundly irreverent stickers spoke directly to the rascal inside each and every one of my classmates, and helped us drive our teachers to the brink of insanity. I couldn’t be more happy to be working with some of the giants of alternative comics to push the buttons of an entirely new generation of educators, many of which likely remember when the poo-covered sneaker was on the other foot.”
According to IDW, the book will have be an anthology of “loosely connected stories by a variety of talented creators from around the industry.” Among them will be some of the official Garbage Pail Kids from the Topps stable, and others will undoubtedly be among the business’ top cartoonists. No names have been offered yet, but an initial sample of what’s to come is below. IDW has released an image of a new character called Comic Con Ron created by Hate cartoonist Peter Bagge: