The focus of this panel was Dark Horse's big push back into the superhero business of comic books.
The panel featured Tim Seeley and Mike Norton, of The Occultist and Revival, Joe Casey, of Cataclysm Comix and Sex, Joshua Williamson, of Captain Midnight; Donny Cates of Buzzkill, and Duane Swierczynski of X..
The panel started off with announcement of Francesco Francavilla's Black Beetle getting a second miniseries. Below is the cover of what will be issue one of that series.
Cates discussed his title, Buzzkill, a story about a superhero who gets his powers from taking drugs and alcohol. After he wakes up an thousands are dead and he doesn't remember anything, he decides its time to quit and joins AA. Cates said that he wanted the character to be as real as possible, and he even went to a number of AA meetings.
Next, the panel discussed the coming Brain Boy title, which will be written by Fred Van Lente with art from Freddy Williams II. Brain Boy was formerly a Dell title, which they created after they had lost the license to publish the Gold Key titles, such as Solar, Turok, and more.
Joshua Williamson discussed Captain Midnight, a superhero who fought in World War II against the Nazis and how he somehow ends up in the current day, and is disappointed in how the world has turned out. The story goes into how he deals with this, and tries to make things right.
Joe Casey, Catalyst Comix, and Duane Swierczynski, X, are both working on titles that were part of Comics' Greatest World, a series of superhero comics released by Dark Horse during 90s superhero boom, that disappeared with the 90s comic book industry crash. With the announcement of the ongoing Ghost title co-written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Christopher Sebela, with art by Dexter Soy (all three work on Captain Marvel) there are now going to be three titles being rebooted from the Comics' Greatest World series of titles. I asked if there were plans for any further reboots from this series, specifically Barb Wire which was turned into the infamous Pamela Anderson Lee movie in 1996. Tim Seeley jumped in and said he wanted dibs due to the gratuitous boobies the title/movie were famous for, but Mike Richardson said that Barb Wire creator Chris Warner, who has been mostly out of comics for years, has expressed interest in potentially returning to the title.