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The most interesting comics news from New York Comic-Con

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While it isn’t quite the pop culture juggernaut that San Diego Comic-Con has become, New York Comic-Con is still a very big, very crowded show with lots to see and do. However, not having the media circus that is Hall H comes with its perks: NYCC feels much more focused on comics—even if there aren’t as many new titles announced.

This year was a bit light on comics news when compared to San Diego, but the industry has a large number of conventions held throughout the year, and big news can come out of any of them. Here’s the most exciting stuff to come out of New York last weekend:

Marvel antes up on its female characters: Much of the comics news coming out of the convention came from Marvel, and the most exciting bits involved the publisher’s growing roster of female characters. Thanks to the popularity of Spider-Gwen in the standalone Edge of Spider-Verse #2, the character will be getting her own ongoing series, with the same creative team of Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi.

Also spider-related: Silk #1, by Robbie Thompson and Stacy Lee. Spinning out of the recent Amazing Spider-Man relaunch, Silk’s eponymous heroine was bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker, and then locked up in a bunker for her whole life. Now that she’s out, the book will explore the effects her confinement has had on her, in addition to old fashioned superheroics. Both of those books will launch in February 2015.

Those who liked Guardians of the Galaxy but felt Zoe Saldana’s Gamora got shortchanged in the end will be pleased to know that the character will be getting her own comic book. Gamora #1 will be written by Nicole Perlman, who wrote Guardians‘ script. Few other details are known at this point. You can expect the book this spring.

But the most surprising news regarding Marvel’s female characters is this: A YA novel about Black Widow from author Margaret Stohl, set to release in fall 2015.

Don’t worry, though, the usual big events were also announced: The Black Vortex (check out the EW interview here), the big Secret Wars event, and the confirmation of a persistent rumor: the approaching end of the Fantastic Four.

And in the midst of all that, a surprising decision: following the conclusion of Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Annie Wu’s critically acclaimed Hawkeye, the book will be relaunched by Jeff Lemire and Ramón Peréz. It’s undoubtedly an intimidating book to be on after such a singular run, but Lemire and Peréz are keeping the book in its own corner of the Marvel Universe, and are free to take it in just about whatever direction they please.

Also new, but more expected, given that there’s a movie on the way: Ant-Man by Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas. Spencer’s The Superior Foes of Spider-Man is hands-down the best comic you’re not reading, and reason enough to check out any book with his name attached to it.

Vertigo announces some pretty dark stuff: DC’s mature readers imprint is feeling particularly cult-y. The imprint announced two series, both dealing with dark and disturbing cults. The first, Effigy, by Tim Seeley and Marley Zarcone, deals with a former child star who returns home after a sex tape scandal only to discover a cult that worships celebrities by burning unbelievers in effigies.

The second series is from fan-favorite DC writer Gail Simone, who’s teaming up with artist Jonathan Davis-Hunt for the horror series Clean Room. It’s about a church that claims to be able to cure any infirmity, and the mysterious, terrifying room hidden underneath it. Should be a good time.

Oni Press announces two strange and exciting books: The small Portland-based publisher came out with some pretty big news this year: Oni would be publishing a comic based on Dan Harmon’s widely acclaimed animated series Rick and Morty. Details are currently scarce, but the series will be written by Zac Gorman.  

Also coming from Oni is Kaiju Max a series from Zander Cannon, creator of the acclaimed graphic novel Heck. Described as having “the best elevator pitch ever” by Oni’s John Schork, Kaiju Max is about a maximum security prison for giant monsters. Schork might be onto something.

This post has been updated to reflect that Margaret Stohl’s YA novel will be released in fall 2015. EW regrets the error. 

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