Here are five things that I was excited about this week.
1. More Bone - At San Diego Comic-con, Jeff Smith announced that he will be illustrating and co-writing (with Tom Sniegoski) four new Bone books! First up, we'll see Bone: Tall Tales coming out in Summer of 2010, followed by a new trilogy of books entitled Bone: Quest For the Spark, which will be published between Fall 2010 and Summer 2011. It's a bit of a wait, but it's sure to be worth it!
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - I just saw this movie and it was the best of the film series so far. Watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix beforehand really reinvigorated my interest in Harry Potter (it's been two years since the final book already), and set me up to enjoy the new movie, a nice balance of character interaction and action. The filmmakers have really learned how to adapt the books to film by this point, cutting whatever is necessary to make it a good film. I love Ballatrix Lestrange as portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter - she was the perfect fit for the role.
3. Paul Cornell's Black Widow - Paul Cornell (writer of the excellent Captain Britain and MI-13) is taking on the Russian spy Black Widow in a new mini-series that will be illustrated by Rom Raney. The four issue series will be called Deadly Origin. This almost certainly comes about from Marvel's need to capitalize on the character's role in next Summer's Iron Man II, but if that's what it takes to see more Black Widow comics, I'm fine with it (I loved Greg Rucka's Black Widow comics through the Marvel Knights imprint). At least they set up a nice creative team for the book. It kind of softens the blow of Captain Britain and MI-13's cancellation (although the series really ended in its prime). And Scarlet looks awesome as a redhead.
4. Whiteout theatrical trailer - The new trailer for the film based on Greg Rucka's mystery comic of the same name has arrived. The film takes place in Antarctica and stars Kate Beckinsale (Underworld). See the trailer here.
5. Marvel's Necrosha - Another announcement from Comic-con was a new crossover involving one of my all-time favorite villains from the Marvel Universe: Selene the Black Queen. The crossover event, Necrosha, will chronicle her rise to power and will bleed through several X-titles (beginning with a one-shot) including X-Force, New Mutants, and X-Men: Legacy.