FanExpo: No Ben Reilly plans, New Warriors & Power Pack in possible Valentine’s Day one-shot

Marvel Comics consultant C.B. Cebulski headed a Marvel panel at the Fan Expo in Toronto, Canada this past weekend. When asked about the possibility of the return of Ben Reilly, formerly the Scarlet Spider, Cebulski responded, “There are lots of Ben Reilly fans out there. To be honest, from the meetings I have been in, he comes up every now and again but at this point there are no concrete plans for Ben Reilly at all, except for in the Ultimate Spider-Man universe.”

Cebulski again mentioned the 10-page Loners story in this winter’s Marvel Holiday Special. He is also hoping to put out a Valentine’s Day one-shot featuring the New Warriors, Power Pack and the Slingers.

Read the full report.

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Another Nova writing team interview

IGN spoke with Nova and Annihilation: Conquest writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning this week. Not too much new information but they did briefly address the question of bringing back the Nova Corps. Some highlights:

Andy Lanning: [Editor] Andy Schmidt contacted us as we were in the process of pitching the Nova ongoing series. This would have been somewhere during the run of the Annihilation mini-series. He asked if we would like to handle the writing chores on the follow-up. He wanted to use a story idea we had pitched in our Nova series to form the backbone of the Conquest story.

Dan Abnett: The first three issues [of Nova] were exactly as we saw them. I think it was actually a really great thing to have a big event explode into issue four and draw Nova in. It worked out really well.

Regarding possibly losing the book’s central conflict if the Nova Corps is re-established:

Abnett: Space is big. Even if he created a thousand new Nova’s, he’d still be on his own.

Lanning: It’s up to Dan and I to explore that very problem and, hopefully, resolve it satisfactorily and then come up with new, even more interesting central conflicts, character tensions and story developments to follow up. I hate it when a series tries to eek out its initial premise even when it’s obvious that the story and characters should have moved on by then.

Read the full interview.

New Warriors-related comics for November

Marvel Comics has released their solicitations for comics scheduled for a November release. Could it be the end of the new team already? Find out in New Warriors #6! Nova has his hands full: Nova #8 begins a new story arc, Annihilation: Conquest #1 reveals the mastermind behind the Phalanx, and What If? Annihilation looks at how badly last year’s event could have gone! Iron Man and Power Pack team up for a new mini-series! Penance stares down Wolverine! And there’s plenty more exclamation points where those came from! Read on…!

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No Speedball in BBC’s Ditko documentary

According to Lying in the Gutters columnist Rich Johnston, who has viewed a copy of the program prior to its airing, Speedball is sadly not included in the BBC4 documentary by Jonathan Ross, “In Search of Steve Ditko”.

According to Johnston’s review though, it still remains a fascinating look at the influential artist so crucial to the creation of Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and so many other elements of Marvel Comics and modern comic books in general.

The 60-minute documentary airs on Tuesday, September 18th at 9:30 PM on BBC4 in the UK.

Read the full review (scroll down to the first item, Stalking Mr Ditko).