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To Be Continued: 2002 Comic Book Sequels, Part 2

We look at some fascinating four-color follow-ups on the way in 2002

By Arnold T. Blumberg     July 01, 2002


THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
© 2001 Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
Last time, in the first part of our brief survey of 2002 comic book sequels, we took a look at the return of some old Western heroes, a new adventure for two magic-wielding witches, and the next chapter in a cosmos-spanning space epic, among others. Now let?s pick up where we left off, which puts us right in the middle of Victorian England?


THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN VOLUME II
Synopsis: Alan Moore reunites his Victorian-era British lit heroes for a new adventure focusing on an invasion from Mars! Anyone who actually read H.G. Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS will already know that the classic literary Martian invasion took place in the English countryside in the late 1800s, not the US of the 1950s (or '30s if you're thinking of the Orson Welles radio broadcast). The Invisible Man, Mina Harker, Dr. Jekyll, Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain and many more are all expected to return.
Publisher: America's Best Comics
Creative Team: Alan Moore
Buzz: The first series was hailed as one of the great comic events of the last few years, and the team is on its way to theaters as a feature film. This one's a no-brainer. But you won't hear Sean Connery's voice when you turn the page.
Release date: July 2002


LONE WOLF 2100
Synopsis: With the trappings of a futuristic science fiction setting, this new series takes the Lone Wolf premise and pushes it forward. With action, adventure, and your typical evil corporation, this arc covers all the bases.
Publisher: Dark Horse
Creative Team: Mike Kennedy and Francisco Ruiz Velasco
Buzz: This new series was created with the full cooperation of Lone Wolf and Cub co-creator Kazuo Koike, so it has the official seal of approval. It may not garner as many readers as the latest X-opus (though it should), but perhaps the blend of familiar elements and sci-fi enhancements will attract some new followers.
Release date: Summer 2002


Robert Kirkman and artist Cory Walker's SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA'S FIGHTING FORCE

SPIDER-MAN: BLUE
Synopsis: Set in the glory days when Peter and Gwen Stacy were just a couple of crazy kids in love, with Norman "The Green Goblin" Osborn haunting Spider-Man's every thought, BLUE is a sequel (of sorts) to the classic Romita years as well as Loeb and Sale's other retro Marvel 'color' series, DAREDEVIL: YELLOW.
Publisher: Marvel
Creative Team: Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
Buzz: Early looks at the beginning of this mini-series generated some very positive reviews, and the praise only built as the series debuted. This is the team behind BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN and DAREDEVIL: YELLOW, after all. See our recent feature coverage for more on this one.
Release date: Summer 2002 (It's halfway over! Hope you've been reading it!)


STORMWATCH: TEAM ACHILLES
Synopsis: Team Achilles is charged by the UN to safeguard humanity from the machinations of evil costumed types. They've got their work cut out for them.
Publisher: Wildstorm (DC)
Creative Team: Micah Ian Wright and Whilce Portacio
Buzz: The DC imprint resurrects one of its original superteams in an all-new incarnation that looks at how real-world governments would react to the existence of super-powered beings intent on thrashing each other on a daily basis. This theme has been explored before, but never from quite this angle, offering an intriguing take on the usual superhero fare.
Release date: July 2002


SPIDER-MAN: BLUE #4

SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA'S FIGHTING FORCE
Synopsis: This four issue miniseries, which will carry the new saga through to the fall of 2002, brings back Image's cyborg crusader, Johnny Armstrong, and reveals his WWII-era origin for the first time.
Publisher: Image
Creative Team: Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker
Buzz: This is the first time the character has reared his super-head since 1995, and fans who may want to refresh their memory can pick up the trade paperback set to coincide with the debut of this all-new story arc. It'll be a Superpatriot superfest for the rest of the year...if you're into that kind of thing.
Release date: Summer 2002


And that's just a brief look, so run don't walk to your nearest comic shop and stock up on summer sequels while they last! Then get back to the movie theater - those blockbuster films don't pay for themselves, you know.

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