The best of New York Comic Con 2013

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Avengers cover
Secret Avengers No. 1 alternate cover art by Declan Shalvey.

This year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC), while not as groundbreaking or intense as its West Coast cousin, San Diego Comic Con, still had its fair share of spandex and superpowers.

Marvel Comics is certainly orbiting The Avengers universe hardcore, which is no surprise considering the cash cow those movies have become. For instance, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is dominating the Marvel TV scene and there’s now more than 10 Avengers books at the company, with two more unveiled at NYCC – Avengers World and Avengers: Undercover. Oh, and Avengers Alliance is coming to the Android this month.

As for their video game scene, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is getting even more characters added to its already impressive roster, including Electro, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and even Peter Parker’s Aunt May! Speaking of Peter Parker, an Amazing Spider-Man 2 game is planned for both current and next-gen systems.

DC Comics didn’t take a backseat, although their spoiler-rific sins offended many. We learned that several characters will be dying, as part of DC’s Forever Evil focus on making villains a truly dangerous force to be reckoned with. I won’t mention who’s dying, since that’d be just plain mean, but consider my mind already spoiled! Grrr. Anyhow, DC’s panel on Justice League: War mentioned that Shazam will be filling in for Aquaman, but get this – the undersea king will finally be getting his own DC animated movie!

Batman Eternal
Batman: Eternal art by Jason Fabok.

Batman and Superman had their own panels, of course, because who can pass up on the DC heavyweights? The celebration of Superman’s 75th anniversary continued, with the panel talking up the Man of Steel DVD that will include an animated short from director Zack Snyder. Then, on the Bruce Wayne side of the fence, the comic book crossover event that started in June, Batman: Zero Year, was discussed. DC’s other Snyder, Scott, just couldn’t help but spoil the upcoming plot. Let’s just say it involves the Riddler, Bruce having a major beef with Gordon, and  a certain poisonous ivy growing in the shadows.

Batman: Eternal is shaping up nicely as a DC Comics weekly series for next year’s 75th Batman anniversary, and writer-Snyder says, “It’s a place for me to be able to work with good friends in terms of shaping Gotham in a bigger, grander, and more game-changing way than ever before.”

On the non-comic side of the fence, check out our Clubhouse Daily coverage of Star Wars Rebels revealing its villain in an exciting behind-the-scenes trailer, the Avatar team talking about the upcoming Legend of Korra episodes, and Square Enix’s Lightning Returns, which many hope will redeem the series.

Featured image courtesy of Jere Keys on Flickr. Image of Avengers cover art courtesy of Marvel Comics. Image of Batman: Eternal courtesy of DC Comics.