– Marvel’s biggest announcement out of Toronto’s FAN EXPO was that Ed Brubaker will be leaving WINTER SOLDIER after the 14th issue in January 2013. This is not long after it was announced that Brubaker would be leaving CAPTAIN AMERICA after writing the franchise for 7-8 years and steering it into some of the best waters in years, if not decades (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/jason-latour-replaces-ed-brubaker-winter-soldier.html). The Winter Soldier is the revived James “Bucky” Barnes, a character close to Brubaker’s heart and one he practically forged from scratch after dusting him off from the 1950’s. Controversial at the time of revival, Brubaker cited the fair point that Stan Lee chose to kill the sidekick off via his own “retroactive continuity” in the 1960’s due to his disapproval of teenage sidekicks. As Brubaker notes, this will mean that starting in January, he will have no projects for Marvel Comics; he currently writes FATALE at Image Comics. Brubaker stated that WINTER SOLDIER #14 had been planned as an end point since it was expected the series would end due to low sales, but when Marvel decided that sales on it were good enough to continue beyond, Brubaker had already committed to other projects and seeks to focus on creator owned material. Replacing him as writer will be Jason Latour, who has written UNTOLD TALES OF PUNISHER MAX #2 as well as illustrated issues of WOLVERINE and SCALPED. Comic Book Resources interviews Latour in which he states that his run will introduce a new enemy for Bucky as well as a new ally who, as often do, stem from his days as a brainwashed Commie assassin (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=40628). During the eight years Brubaker has been on CAPTAIN AMERICA, he also wrote a run of UNCANNY X-MEN, launched SECRET AVENGERS, and is one of the five writers of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN. As one of the “Marvel Architects”, he was among the elite writers Marvel had in their stable, and replacing his presence will not be easy.
– After launching successful spin-off series from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN such as VENOM and SCARLET SPIDER, the latest character to get the treatment will be Morbius the Living Vampire (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/fan-expo-marvel-morbius-joe-keatinge.html). The creative team originally planned for the five issue THANOS: SON OF TITAN – a mini series Marvel canceled in the cradle – of writer Jon Keatinge (GLORY) and artist Rich Elson (THOR) will take over this new Morbius series. Originally created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #101 (circa 1971), Morbius has long been an anti-hero who has occasionally headlined his own series. He starred in VAMPIRE TALES, a horror magazine series Marvel published in the 70’s as well as being one of the features in the horror anthology ADVENTURE INTO FEAR during the same period. Morbius’ first and last stab at an ongoing series titled after himself was in 1992, titled MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE, which ran 32 issues. Morbius probably got his best media exposure from FoxKids’ “SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES” of the 90’s where he appeared in roughly eight episodes starting from the second season. In an interview Keatinge notes that this series is set up by the recent arc “No Turning Back” from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN which featured him and the Lizard. Keatinge doesn’t see Morbius as a villain but as a tragic horror character in which everything he seeks to do usually turns out wrong or “goes to Hell”. Considering the character’s heyday was at best 17 years ago, this certainly will be one of Marvel’s riskier launches come January 2013.
– Writer Jeff Parker discussed some of the changes coming to DARK AVENGERS at the end of the year, which is basically THUNDERBOLTS with a new title and extra characters thrown in (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/fan-expo-dark-avengers-jeff-parker.html). Currently Parker has written a book about two teams – his escaped gang of T-Bolts and the new Dark Avengers squad – but those teams seem to be clashing at the end of the year with a new direction for the book. Among the statements Parker made were that Luke Cage may soon be leaving the series and that John Walker, who lost an arm and leg during 2010’s SIEGE crossover, will soon be jumping back into action as U.S. Agent once more. Cain Marko, the original Juggernaut, also looks to be rejoining the team after being yanked from the book for last year’s FEAR ITSELF.The renumbering has provided a sales spike, but it isn’t so vast that the book is safe forever.
– A new cover for ALL NEW X-MEN by Brian Bendis and Stuart Immonen seems to suggest that Cyclops, Magik, Emma Frost and Magneto all survive AVENGERS VS. X-MEN, and there is another unknown character on the cover (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/all-new-x-men-cover-avx-clues.html). With a designated corpse being revealed with the solicitation to AVX #11, it is anyone’s guess who it could be.
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