The 13 Coolest Things From SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

Making sense of the mania …

Y’know, San Diego Comic-Con isn’t just four-and-a-half days anymore. It really goes on for two weeks if you count all the announcements that lead into the world’s preeminent pop-culture extravaganza.

So, taking it all in, here are the 13 Coolest Things From SDCC (including the pre-show announcements):

1. Of all the announcements, there was very little on the actual comic-book front that got me going. The one title I’m most interested in? Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time, by Marc Andreyko and Aaron Lopresti. Give me a Silver Age stalwart like Hawkman (not to mention Adam Strange) and my spirits lift on the power of Nth metal.


2. The Justice League trailer was more fun than I expected. I hope things keep trending that way.

3. Eisner Congrats #1, in alphabetical order: Mike Allred. I’m a big fan of Mike’s work and Silver Surfer is easily my favorite Marvel book. He’s also a helluva guy. So I’m glad that Issue #11 by Mike, Dan Slott and Laura Allred won the Eisner.


4. Why do the Marvel Netflix announcements and trailers seem so cool, while The CW DC announcements feel like fan service? And I’m a DC guy!

5. Eisner Congrats #2: Cliff Chiang. Like Mike Allred, Cliff is one of comics’ really good guys and one of my favorite artists. Paper Girls (Image), written by Brian K. Vaughan, had Eisner written on it from the get-go and I’m glad the voters came through.


6. Speaking of Cliff, his Wonder Woman is included in the USPS stamp set commemorating everyone’s favorite Amazon’s 75th anniversary. How cool is that?


7. Speaking of Wonder Woman, the trailer was cool, I suppose. I so want this to be good. The Themyscira scenes really look great.

8. Eisner Congrats #3: Craig Yoe and Clizia Gussoni. Walt Kelly’s Fairy Tales (Yoe Books/IDW) was a labor of love and I’m so happy for them that it paid off with this kind of recognition.


9. Here’s hoping that Star Trek Discovery is better than Star Trek Beyond. (Click here for 13 QUICK THOUGHTS about the movie.)

10. DC Collectibles always has items that interest me. Bombshells Wonder Woman probably tops the list…


11. … but then this is my favorite iteration of Animated Catwoman, so let’s call this one a close second.


12. Brie Larson as Captain Marvel? I’m so down for that.

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13. And start clearing the shelf space for Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Jessica Jones figure …

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Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Interesting how Daredevil, Jessica Jones and now Luke Cage are rather dark, grim shows (and from what watched – quite a lot) – not exactly my idea of “fun.” But hey it’s Marvel and that’s cool. DC does dark and grim and it’s “where the fun?” “Too grim.” “Takes itsefl too seriously.” Sheesh.

    I stopped watching Daredevil midway into the 2nd season as it was just way too violent and grim for me. Extremely well done indeed, however. The killing off Ben Urich was a turning point for me.

    Some people complained about the characterizations in BvS but I have the same gripes with the Marvel TV shows. It’s like they doubled down on the Frank Millerisms.

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  2. I didn’t like the Flash at all. He acts more like Kid Flash.
    Wonder Woman looks ok but that music is ugh not again. And I’m curious about the ww1 setting, since the reason for WW coming to man’s world is that the Nazis were so bad the Amazons decided to join the world. WW1 wasn’t that war.

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