Heading into this weekend’s New York Comic Con, Dynamite Entertainment announced two reboots of some old comic favorites.
First up is Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, by Kieron Gillen and Caspar Wijngaard.
“I’ve been away from the genre for a few years. This is me refreshed, grinning and more than a little bit angry. I want to try things. I want to have fun. Hell, we’ve created a whole new supporting cast of heroes for this series because we wanted to. I wanted to do a state of the art, state of the superheroic nation, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt is it,” Gillen said in a press release. “High adventure, big ideals, epic destruction, heroism, despair and nine-panel grids.”
Gillen added on Tumblr:
Generally speaking, the thing which brought me to comics and the superhero was books likes the Authority and Planetary, the 00-era Wildstorm “Hey – this is the new” playful energy, with a far cleaner slate than a traditional superhero universe.
So basically, what brought me back to the superhero and this was wanting to do something that was 100% mainstream superheroics, but also with all the breaks and inertia off. Caspar and me are having ludicrous fun.
I’ve followed his work since Image’s Limbo, which I adore, and he’s that sort of over-smart, ambitious collaborator who always makes me excited. Also, he read the ludicrous pitch document’s formalist excess and didn’t just run.
Also, at last, I have a Sean Phillips cover. Yay!
You can read more about the book at the Hollywood Reporter. It kicks off in January.
Next is Turok, by Ron Marz and Roberto Castro.
“I wanted to build my Turok story by going back to the original version, not so much in terms of the specifics, but in terms of the spirit. We’re not imitating anything that’s come before, but we’re definitely trying to capture the feel of what made those stories cool,” Marz said. “We have a Native American and his brother, we have a lost land inhabited by dinosaurs and other time-lost denizens. But this is not a specific Turok we have seen before, because we’re setting this in the 1880s, in the waning days of the Indian Wars in the Old West.”
Here’s how Dynamite describes the series:
In this new series from Dynamite Entertainment, Turok pursues his kidnapped brother… in the Badlands of the Old West! In the waning days of the Indian Wars, the U.S. cavalry has captured Andar, but Turok will stop at nothing to rescue him. But that quest will lead Turok, Andar, and even the soldiers to a strange, lost land inhabited by creatures beyond their imaginations. This is Turok as you’ve never seen him before … and Turok as you’ve always seen him!
The first issue of Turok also arrives in January.