While the focus of the Avengers & X-Men: AXIS panel at Comic-Con on Thursday (live blogged on Marvel.com) was obviously on the upcoming Marvel event of the same name, the company used writer Rick Remender’s presence there to announce another one of his projects that’s a little further off.
That’d be Avengers: Rage of Ultron, an original graphic novel that he’s working on with artist Jerome Opena — his partner for a previous run on X-Force. The book will be a one-shot that will come out next year, right around the time that a movie with a title only one letter off is hitting theaters.
Remender called the story the “evolution of Ultron,” which is a big promise considering how the longtime Avengers foe has already evolved throughout the years. The story is in-continuity and will introduce some new characters, and Marvel made the usual promises that it would have ramifications throughout its comics line.
Attendees at the panel seemed suitably impressed by previews of Opena’s art, and it was noted that the artist wouldn’t have to rush to keep up on a tight schedule as he would if working on a monthly book.
Expect to hear more about Avengers: Rage of Ultron before it releases next spring.