NYCC had its biggest day in its history, as more fans than ever packed into Manhattan’s Javits Center to the point where it would have been speedier to crowd surf across the show floor. Lines for panels snaked their way through the convention center’s lower floors and few lines were longer than the one for MTV’s Teen Wolf, which kicked off our second day at NYCC. We reiterate that the panels were not spoiler-free affairs, so keep that in mind before forging ahead.
MTV – TEEN WOLF
On Friday, the news broke that Colton Haynes would not be returning for a third season of MTV’s breakaway hit show and Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis began the panel with a few words about the departure of Colton and his character Jackson. “Colton has to do what’s best for his career,” Davis said and he told fans that the show will provide Jackson with an exit that will allow Haynes to return to the show in the future if he so chooses.
Davis and show star Tyler Posey (who plays Scott McCall) fielded questions from an earlier Twitter survey as well as from patiently queued fans. The panel moderator said the most commonly asked question on Twitter involved the popular fandom pairing of Stiles and Derek – aka Sterek – though Davis deflected the question. Another fandom ship that came up was Scisaac (Scott and Isaac, who is played by Daniel Sharman), to which Posey responded, “Me and the British kid? Pfft!” Davis mentioned fans asking for a Papa Stilinksi/Mama McCall relationship and the audience cheered uproariously.
Davis said the theme for the show’s third season could be summarized in a quote from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." The character Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) was born great, his occasionally homicidal uncle Peter (Ian Bohen) stole it, and Scott has had it thrust against him – phrasing that led to a series of jokes about Isaac thrusting into Scott, but the panelists digressed.
Davis confirmed the rumours of a female Alpha being introduced in the third season, saying: “Her name is Kali, she is named after Indian goddess of destruction, whenever you see her, she's bare foot, she uses the claws on her feet to strike.” Davis also said that the Alpha pack introduced in the season two finale would consist of five wolves, two of which were identical male twins. When asked if there was an alpha to the alpha pack (Posey: “Like a double alpha? Whoa!”), Davis said that question would be resolved within the season three premiere. The show will also be introducing another queer character this season. Davis said he is very invested in fair representation of gay and bisexual characters on television.
A fan asked Tyler Posey what the most challenging scene he had to shoot was and he answered that the fight scene between him and Peter Hale was particularly difficult because co-star Ian Bohen kneed him in the groin. Posey also confessed to farting on set . . . a lot.
In terms of character development, Davis said that Stiles would see his relationship to Lydia evolve in a platonic sense, as she moved from being a childish crush to a sort of pack member in her own right. Regarding Allison, Davis said: “she was pretty homicidal... we're putting her through a redemption story.” Both Allison and Lydia will find their own power this coming season. In terms of Lydia’s mysterious abilities and werewolf immunity, Davis said we’d find out more about her as she gets closer to the werewolves of Beacon Hills.
When discussing the nature of the Scott/Derek alliance/rivalry, Davis said: “What we’re going to show is Derek and Scott working together as a team. We're going to follow through on the promise in the first episode where Derek said to Scott ‘We’re brothers now.’”
Davis also said that some of the lingering questions from last season would be answered in season three. Regarding why some beta wolves have blue eyes and some have golden ones, he said: “There is a reason for blue eyes that has nothing to do with genetics. You're going to find that out in a flashback episode. You're going to find out why Derek had blue eyes.” Derek’s deceased sister Laura Hale will also feature heavily in the flashback episode.
A fan asked if any of the cast members had bizarre pre-filming rituals and Davis revealed that “Hoechlin needs a 20 minute warning before he puts on his pants because they're really tight and he doesn't like them.”
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52
Very little was revealed at DC’s New 52 panel that we didn’t already know, but it was notable in that it was the only DC panel that featured a female creator (Sword of Sorcery’s Christy Marx) and a female editor (Bobbie Chase). Other panelists included Greg Capullo, Jeff Lemire, Paul Levitz, Adam Glass, Josh Failkov, Justin Jordan, Howard Mackie, Bernard Chang, and Aaron Kuder. Although panelist moderator John Cunningham gave all speakers the right to spoil anything they want from year 2 of the New 52, few took him up on that.
Regarding the new Justice League of America, editor Bob Harris said, “If the Justice League is the world’s greatest heroes, then the JLA will be the world’s most dangerous.”
When asked which color Lantern he would be, Jason Aarson described him as a “blood vomiting rage kitty,” referring to our personal favorite Red Lantern, Dex-Starr.
When a fan asked if the new relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman would last, Cunningham laughed, saying, “You can ask that about any couple in this room... who can say which of us will last.”
Despite the cancelation of his series, the panelists promised that Static Shock would get a significant amount of play in the future.
After issue #16 of Demon Knights, the series would leap 39 years into the future. Could be interesting. Sword of Sorcery will have a “very Game of Thrones” feel to it, according to Christy Marx. Nicola Scott will be back on art duties on Earth 2 with issue #9.
The juiciest bit of news revealed during the panel was that Green Lantern and the New Guardians artist Aaron Kuder used to be an electrician.
DC COMICS: THE JUSTICE LEAGUE
DC’s Justice League panel tread some familiar ground. Panelists included: Brian Cunningham (editor of Justice League), Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, David Finch, Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato, Cliff Chiang, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado.
Geoff Johns discussed the new JLA team and said, “A lot of people are saying why the hell is Catwoman on this team? And Catwoman is like why the hell am I on this team? Stargirl is the only person who's happy to be there. She's like ‘Yeah, this is gonna be great’ and everyone else on the team is like ‘Ugh.’” Johns went on to say that “this book will make Martian Manhunter the most dangerous character in the DC universe.”
Regarding his decision to add Vibe to the team, Johns said, “I was like who was the worst character in our library ? Who is the one character no one has ever asked to come back?" There was one Vibe fan in the audience, to which Johns said, “I hope you like Vibe. If you don't I'm sorry... but it can't get any worse can it?"
Cliff Chiang said that Wonder Woman 16 would welcome Orion of the new gods as regular cast member for most of the year and that we would meet another member of Diana's extended family that is related to the flies on the cover.
Individual titles in the DCU line will impact Justice League and the storylines in the books will get tighter in this second year when the timelines sync up. Fans asked about a number of characters who are currently MIA. Jim Lee said Booster Gold will reappear soon. A fan’s mentioning of Wally West earned riotous applause while the panelists mostly just looked tired of the question. “Never say never” was the popular answer of the day every time someone asked about a character being reincorporated into continuity.
MARVEL NOW: THE AVENGERS
We were back to an all white, all male group of creators with Marvel’s Avengers panel. The panel was led by Arune Singh and the writers, editors and artists were Tom Brevoort, Jonathan Hickman, Kieron Gillen, Dennis Hopeless, and Rick Remender.
New Avengers, released in January 2013 with Hickman and artist Steve Epting will be a companion book to Avengers (also by Hickman). Avengers will be bimonthly and Hickman has 3-4 years of stories planned out.
Regarding Avengers Arena, writer Dennis Hopeless said, “Your favorite Marvel teenaged superheroes will wake up on island that only one of them can survive.” A fan yelled “BATTLE ROYALE!” and the audience audibly agreed. Hickman said, “I know some people are cynical about the premise but it’s a fantastic book.”
A new Secret Avengers creative team team was announced, with Nick Spencer and Luke Ross for a Feburary 2013 #1 issue. The first issue features Hawkeye and Black Widow on the cover and the book will be S.H.I.E.L.D. focused. Nicky Fury, Maria Hill and Agent Coulson will be recruiting a new team including Hawkeye, Mockingbird, and Taskmaster. Brevoort described it as a "cross between a S.H.I.E.L.D. book and an Avengers book.”
When Young Avengers came up, Arune Singh face planted over some wires in glorious fashion. Hickman said, "That's how good this book is y'all.” Singh was uninjured and saluted the judges like an Olympic gymnast. Bryan Lee O'Malley is doing his first Marvel work with variant cover for Young Avengers #1.
Regarding Avengers Assemble by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Stefano Caselli, Brevoort said it was like "shot glass Avengers", featuring shorter ,more character driven stories. The second arc is called Widow's Ledger and it goes into her past. That’ll come out in February 2013.
The panel discussed diversity in Avengers World. They say they're thinking about it and the full roaster of 24 Avengers will be over half new characters that are more diverse.
Remender called Uncanny Avengers "cracker fest 2012", but said that villains will be racially diverse. He wanted Storm but was told she was unavailable and pointed out the problems with using characters designed in '60s, and that new members coming up in Uncanny would be intentionally more diverse. Remender joked, "We weren't like 'take that every other race, we just want crackers! Represent whitey!'"
Regarding new characters in New Avengers, Hickman said that there would be a new female Captain Universe and the book would welcome the first female smasher, Hyperion.
Fans were pleased that Havoc would play a bigger role in the new Marvel universe. Remender said, "I love Havoc. If Scott is the captain of the football team, Alex is the guy smoking a joint under the bleachers."
To read our report on NYCC Day 1, go HERE.