New York Comic Con stars team-ups and classic returns
(Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images) | Getty Get New York Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: NYPD , NYC Murder Rate , Murder , Murder , Murder , New York City Murder-Less Week , Murder , New York Murder , New-York-City-Murder-Less-Streak , Nyc Murders , One Week Without a Murder In New York , New York News New York City has gone one week without a murder , the mayor’s office announced Monday. From October 7 through Sunday, the NYPD recorded no homicides–a remarkable repeat-feat for a city that once averaged nearly six murders a day. It’s the second week this year the city’s been murder-less. In January, during a cold spell, the city went nine days without a murder . Before that, the city had six slay-free days after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy . Meanwhile, the murder rate is also on pace this year to reach a record low, and the percentage of murders with firearms is also dropping. From the mayor’s office: Through Sunday, October 13th, New York City has seen 90 fewer murders than at this point last year: 256 murders in 2013 compared to 346 murders in 2012 a decrease of 26.0 percent. Murders committed with firearms represent 148 of the 256 murders in 2013, 57.8 percent. Through Sunday, October 13th, the number of murders committed with firearms is down by 60 from last year: 148 in 2013 compared to 208 in 2012 a decrease of 28.8 percent. There were 419 total murders in New York City in 2012 –the lowest level in over 50 years, and about an 18 percent drop from 2011, when there were 515 murders.
He’s expected to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. U.S. special operations forces snatched Al-Libi during a raid in Libya on Oct. 5. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara confirmed that al-Libi was transferred to law enforcement custody in New York over the weekend. Al-Libi was expected to be arraigned Tuesday, Baharara said. A law enforcement source told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that al-Libi was brought into Stewart Air Force base just outside of New York City accompanied by New York FBI agents. The source said that al-Libi did answer some questions posed to him by interrogators. A second source described al-Libi’s demeanor as matter of fact.
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The Guardians of the Galaxy and the original X-Men team up for a big Marvel Comics crossover in January. (Photo: Marvel Comics) X-Men and Guardians join forces in January ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ is back DC Comics prepares for Stephanie Brown’s ‘New 52′ debut SHARE 31 CONNECT 40 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE As New York’s annual Comic Con wraps up its three-day run today at the Javits Center, it’s bringing together two of Marvel Comics’ hottest superhero teams for the first time. A January crossover between writer Brian Michael Bendis’ All-New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy series was among several high-profile projects announced at the East Coast’s largest pop-culture fest. In “The Trial of Jean Grey” story line, folks around the cosmos find out that Grey a superhero who, when possessed by a cosmic force, once cut a destructive swath through the universe as the powerful Dark Phoenix is back on Earth as part of the original X-Men, who have time-traveled to the present. Many in the galaxy still are looking for justice, so to keep Jean safe the X-Men will team with the colorful Guardians crew that includes Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon five characters who will hit the big screen in August in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. “This is going to be hugely epic in scope, so big that the All-New X-Men lineup will be different after the event than it was at the start of it,” says X-Men group editor Nick Lowe. “To me, as a fan, that level of character change is really the measure of how important a story is.” Over the weekend Marvel rolled out several new titles as part of its 2014 “All-New Marvel NOW” campaign, including Avengers World, with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the company’s A-list good guys; Avengers Undercover, starring young heroes getting in deep with the Masters of Evil; All-New Ghost Rider, starring an updated version of the bike-riding, flame-headed antihero; Silver Surfer, featuring the return of the coolest galactic herald in space; and Iron Patriot, which features James Rhodes in the red, white and blue armor fighting domestic terrorism. While fans saw him played by Don Cheadle in the past two Iron Man films and teaming with Tony Stark, “Rhodey” goes solo with the new book. And writer Ales Kot (Zero, Wild Children) is looking forward to writing an African-American character in a position of power but also his family dynamic. “You will understand James Rhodes much better than ever before. And then something very, very unexpected happens. Things break from the inside and the outside at the same time,” Kot says. “His ethical standards and his drive to do good regardless of the circumstances is something I adore.” In addition to working with artist Garry Brown (The Massive), a major appeal for Kot with Iron Patriot is “the ability to create a story about America and its legacy positive, negative, everything in between,” Kot says. “I am interested in exploring the empire as some of its decisions come back to haunt it (and) the ideas of freedom and liberty.” James Rhodes gets a solo book and sweet red, white and blue armor with Ales Kot’s “Iron Patriot.” (Photo: Marvel Comics) Among other highlights from the convention: DC Comics is bringing back fan-favorite heroine Stephanie Brown in next year’s weekly series Batman: Eternal. A former Robin and Batgirl, the character hasn’t been seen since the publisher relaunched its entire superhero line in the fall of 2011 with “The New 52” campaign.
There were zombies, plenty of Catwomen and “Ghostbusters” characters galore. Pretty much anything goes at Comic Con. The more elaborate the better, as people stopped to pose with one another, making friends along the way. Some have been going for years. For others, the 2013 New York Comic Con was a first. Parents brought their kids, and students played hooky from school. An estimated 130,000 people are expected to walk through the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City throughout the weekend. That’s a jump from last year’s 116,000 convention-goers. People traveled as far as Hawaii to take it all in. Many celebrities will be sitting on panels and meeting with devoted fans, including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Seth Green, Sylvester Stallone, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Sigourney Weaver, actors from “Game of Thrones” and the cast of TV’s “The Walking Dead.” Approximately 700 exhibitors from the publishing, TV, film and comic worlds are on site to get the word out about their projects. Though not as big as San Diego’s Comic Con , the New York convention is definitely growing. Stallone was out and about signing autographs.