One of the biggest pieces of comics news from San Diego Comic-Con is that Dark Horse plans to create new comics with Gold Key characters, and they have tapped Jim Shooter to lead their creation.
Jim Shooter has said that these will be new imaginings of the classic characters, and not a direct continuation of either the original Gold Key versions or the versions seen in Valiant comics. While Jim Shooter may not be the writer for all of the new comics, he will be leading the creative direction.
The characters scheduled to come out from Dark Horse are Doctor Solar, Magnus, Robot Fighter, Turok, Son of Stone, and The Mighty Sampson.
Dark Horse has not announced any specific titles or a date of release, though they have said that these should be appearing by mid-2010. They may be less than a year away from being published.
Here is a list of news articles reporting this:
So what does this mean for Valiant? Clearly, these characters will not be part of any new Valiant Comics and Valiant Universe.
The flipside is that we will get new Magnus, Robot Fighter stories from Jim Shooter!
UPDATE! Here is video of the panel that announced these new comics, and announced Jim Shooter as the writer: