C2E2 Round-Up: Stephen King might write Walking Dead, new Punisher, and Warren Ellis puppets

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At Chicago's C2E2 convention this weekend, publishers revealed new creative teams and returning characters, cancelled TV shows reunited, and we heard tantalizing gossip about The Walking Dead's latest guest writers. Here's the scoop.


- Garth Ennis is writing a new Nick Fury MAX series for Marvel. Goran Parlov is illustrating [Bleeding Cool]

- Mark Waid is writing Daredevil post-Shadowland. Said Waid, "Enough time has passed since Matt's disappearance where Hell's Kitchen is basically back to normal. Not that he'd really notice — because for the first time in ages, he's relocated uptown. And, again, this is a seemingly bizarre decision that will raise some eyebrows with his pals." [CBR]

- At The Walking Dead panel actress Laurie Holden (Andrea) revealed that Stephen King might write an installment of the show's 13-episode second season and that Frank Darabont is penning the premiere. Jon Bernthal (Shane) informed the crowd that Season Two begins shooting June 1. [Screenrant]

- The Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon show has some serious creative muscle behind it, what with Paul Dini, Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Duncan Rouleau and Steve Seagle on scripts and Ed McGuinness, Paolo Rivera, Stuart Immonen, and Joe Quesada doing character designs. [CBR]

- Greg Rucka is writing the Punisher come August. Marco Checchetto will illustrate. [Comics Alliance]

- Batgirl Cassandra Cain is returning in DC's Batman: Gates of Gotham. [iFanboy]

- A mini-Dollhouse reunion went down with Eliza Dushku and Tahmoh Penikett. Dark Horse will picking up the franchise for a comic soon (part two of the video here). [CBM]


- The cast from Middleman also reunited — you can read details from that panel at Robot 6 and Girls Read Comics Too.

- Sequart's upcoming Warren Ellis documentary Captured Ghosts will feature dramatizations using puppets. According to Bleeding Cool:

To make it stand out from their previous documentary effort with Grant Morrison, the video has more of an industrial feel than Talking With Gods psychedelia. The film will also feature dramatizations of excerpts from his work, including the Sex Puppets from Transmet. There is a Warren Ellis puppet. Repeat: There is a Warren Ellis puppet.


- Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley are collaborating on Brilliant, a science fiction comic about young people concocting superpowers for Marvel's Icon imprint. Here's the blurb: "Brilliant tells the story of a handful of college age geniuses that challenge each other to solve the mystery of superpowers. Can a handful of the best and brightest change science fiction into science fact?" [Comics Alliance]


Patrick, Chewing

The frustrating thing about Stephen King to me is that he's actually a very talented, intelligent writer who chooses to do schlocky horror 90% of the time. Eg the Richard Bachman stories are pretty amazing.

I would be willing to be that the Stephen King penned episode of The Walking Dead is one of the best in the series' entire run. (Well, best written, depends who directs)