San Diego Comic Con is a special time of year when comic book fans and publishers can get together, put aside their differences, and celebrate the true meaning of comics: making money through carnival huckster style gimmickry. It's with that in mind that Marvel announced several new tie-in series that will serve only to supplement main properties while padding Marvel's profits this fall. First up is an Original Sin Annual, a special oversized issue tying into their Original Sin event. Original Sin Annual #1 will detail the history of Woodrow McCord and feature the creative team of Jason Latour and Enis Cisic. Typically, annuals are yearly oversized editions of ongoing comics, but that doesn't do anything to help Marvel charge an extra $5.99 for an ancillary tie-in story to an event comic that is designed purely to give the illusion of a major status quo change for Marvel Universe and serve as a lead-in to whatever the next super-mega-crossover event comic will be.
Speaking of shameless cash-grabs and super-mega-crossover events leading into other super-mega-crossover event, Marvel also announced another tie-in for September's The Temporary Hiatus of Wolverine, titled Death of Wolverine: The Quest for More Money. The series will be by Charles Soule and Salvador Larroca and will run from November to December, which means Wolverine will probably have come back to life by the time it's complete.
Finally, Marvel announced a S.H.I.E.L.D. comic, out in December, that will be based on the television series and will be written by Mark Waid with a rotating cast of artists that won't have to worry about hitting deadlines, including Carlos Pacheco, Alan Davis, and Chris Sprouse. Marvel described the comic as "like the TV show with an unlimited budget," which could be less charitably translated as "doing the stuff people actually want to see in the TV show without having to pay for it."
In less salacious news, we also learned that John Layman and Javier Garron will take over the Cyclops series with issue #6, so at least something worthwhile happened at this panel.