This Friday through Sunday is the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo — C2E2 for short — which promises to yield some announcements from the major publishers and maybe even some tidbits from other media. Check here through the weekend for updates from the show.

Generations specials to unite past, present heroes: Marvel on Thursday revealed more info about its previously teased 'Generations' project, which will team up past and present versions of Marvel's heroes in a 10-issue series of one-shots in August and September.

“Marvel’s greatest icons return to the page this August, paired with the next generation of the Marvel Universe,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “However, do all our heroes emerge from Generations as they entered, or become something greater? If you want to know where Marvel is headed in the future, you don’t want to miss Generations.”

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Alonso promised during the Marvel Retailers Summit that "Generations" would help put the company's focus back on its "core characters," something retailers said was lacking.

The 10 issues are:

Generations: The Best starring Wolverine and All-New Wolverine, written by Tom Taylor, art by Ramon Rosanas

Generations: The Americas starring Steve Rogers: Captain America and Sam Wilson: Captain America, written by Nick Spencer, art by Paul Renaud

Generations: The Bravest starring Captain Mar-Vell and Captain Marvel, written by Margie Stohl, art by Brent Schoonover

Generations: The Thunder starring The Mighty Thor and The Unworthy Thor, written by Jason Aaron, art by Mahmud Asrar

Generations: The Strongest starring Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk, written by Greg Pak

Generations: The Archers starring Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, written by Kelly Thompson

Generations: The Iron starring Iron Man and Ironheart, written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Marco Rudy

Generations: The Marvels starring Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel, written by G. Willow Wilson

Generations: The Spiders starring Peter Parker: Spider-Man and Miles Morales: Spider-Man, written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Ramon Perez

Generations: The Phoenix starring The Phoenix and Jean Grey, written by Cullen Bunn

DC announces 'Dark Matter' project:

DC Comics Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee on Thursday unveiled six new titles under the banner Dark Matter. Beginning this August, the books will feature big-name artists such as Greg Capullo ("Batman"), Andy Kubert ("X-Men"), Jim Lee ("X-Men") and John Romita Jr. ("All-Star Batman," "Uncanny X-Men"). Characters from each series will first appear in the previously announced "Dark Nights: Metal."

“What excites me most is that this series of books takes full advantage of the talent and vision of the creative team,” says DiDio. “Comics are a visual medium, and with these titles, the artists are working hand in hand with the writers in shaping the look and direction of their characters.”

DC's artist-hyping announcement comes a couple weeks after a Marvel executive told retailers artists are harder to promote than writers. DC co-Publisher Lee was one of the rock-star artists who left Marvel to co-found Image Comics in 1992.  

The first wave of DC Universe Dark Matter titles includes:

THE SILENCER, debuting in September, written by Dan Abnett with art by John Romita Jr.

SIDEWAYS, debuting in September, written by Dan DiDio and Justin Jordan with art by Kenneth Rocafort

IMMORTAL MEN, debuting in October, written by James Tynion IV with art by Jim Lee

DAMAGE, debuting in October, written by Robert Venditti with art by Tony S. Daniel

NEW CHALLENGERS, debuting in December, written by Scott Snyder with art by Andy Kubert

DARK NIGHTS: METAL, debuting in August, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo

BOOM to launch second Power Rangers ongoing: BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands on Thursday announced "Saban's Go Go Power Rangers," a new ongoing series debuting in July based on the original TV series.

BOOM's other Power Rangers ongoing, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," launched in January 2016 and sold over 1 million copies in its first year. A gallery of art from the graphic novel "Power Rangers: Aftershock" is the most looked-at item on The Press' comics blog so far in 2017.

The series will explore the transition of the original five Rangers from ordinary high schoolers to world-saving superheroes. Ryan Parrott ("Power Rangers: Aftershock") will write the series with art by Dan Mora ("WWE," "Klaus").

“The goal of 'Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers' is to focus on more personal, intimate character stories," said Parrott. "We dive deeper to fully examine the wish-fulfilling awesomeness of having superpowers, along with the pressure of that responsibility.”

“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was the ultimate TV show. It had dinosaurs, cool heroes with amazing suits, and giant Zords. What's not to like?” says Mora. “I can't wait for the moment to travel back in time and tell my younger self what I’m doing. I'm sure he will be proud of me!”

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