Comic Industry News & Gossip
I repeat, a good thing.
Kieron Gillen writing one book and Jason Aaron writing the other book? While Aaron presumably continues writing Wolverine? When you add in the other strong writers on the X-Books, like Rememder, Liu and David, and it is a good time to be an X-Fan.
So if Marvel feels they need to re-launch Uncanny X-Men at #1, it is not a big deal. Especially since they can always just re-number it at #600 to satisfy those who like to see their books hit big numbers.
Ed Brubaker’s Captain America run.
Kurt Busiek and George Perez’s Avengers run.
Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Daredevil run.
Did it really affect anyone’s enjoyment of those stories that they took place in re-numbered titles? No way. It is not a big deal. Getting Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron to write your two ongoing X-Men titles? That IS a big deal.
We already knew what they were going to be, so it was not AS big of a deal, but still, some interesting stuff announced today, including the highly anticipated news about Grant Morrison writing Action Comics #1 (so awesome!) with artist Rags Morales.
Gail Simone has a piece at her message board about the end of Secret Six. You can read it here. It is too bad. I will miss it!
Apparently, the esteemed team behind Dark Reign: Zodiac will be taking over Image’s Haunt in September. And, right there, Todd McFarlane has produced the best new creative team announcement for a September comic book that I’ve seen all week.
I like artist Marco Rudy and I really don’t know enough about writer Adam Glass to make a judgment either way, but I can say that the cover of the new Suicide Squad title (starring Harley Quinn, King Shark and Deadshot) is not exactly my cup of tea…
When DC made a point of talking about their character diversity, you would think that Blue Beetle would have been a bit of a lock. As one of the few prominent Hispanic superheroes, Jaime Reyes would be a good choice for a book (not to mention that Jaime Reyes is a good character, period).
It’ll be by Tony Bedard and Ig Guara (with inker Ruy Jose – is it just me or are inkers getting a bit short shrift in some of these announcements? Unless a lot of pencilers are inking themselves, which certainly IS possible).
I am glad that Beetle is getting his own book.
Before they presumably announce their plans for Superman tomorrow (it better involve Morrison!), DC decided to give us one last really odd mixture of titles, in what I like to call WWW: Wildstorm, War and Western comics.
And there are some major surprises mixed in there!
It is not that the new ongoing series that DC has revealed already have been boring or anything, as they have not, but a goodly percentage of them were just the return of comics that were already being put out by DC (Birds of Prey, Detective Comics, Batman, Batman: Dark Knight, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, etc.).
That changed with Tuesday’s batch of #1′s, with eight new titles, NONE of which were returning DCU titles, with only a handful of them having been ongoing series before at ALL! Not only that, but these are some top of the line creators doing some very interesting sounding new comics!
Let’s take a look!
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It is a shame that we’ll only be getting a 12-issue maxi-series by Morrison and Chris Burnham to wrap things up.
However, we will be getting a 12-issue maxi-series by Morrison and Burnham, so, well, you know, yay!!!
Here is Morrison on the news:
Batman, Incorporated will continue through to Issue #10 and August’s shocking season finale that changes the Batman status quo yet again. The series will take a brief hiatus while I work on a major new project to be announced shortly. Batman, Incorporated returns next year with me, Chris Burnham and Batman: Leviathan, the epic 12 part conclusion to my 6 year Batman saga. Don’t miss it!
It is cool to see Bat-Wing get his own comic, too (Judd Winick and Ben Oliver as the creative team).
As per DC’s The Source.
I would think that Grant Morrison would be able to write around this, but perhaps not. I really don’t like the idea of this possibly interfering with Morrison’s work. Let’s hope that is not the case!
Kyle Higgins is the co-writer of the nifty Gates of Gotham mini-series out right now, so I’m optimistic about him as the new writer of Nightwing. Eddy Barrows is a fine artist, so I have no real problem there.
Really, we’re just waiting on Batman, Inc. news.
On the one hand, it sure appears to be Barbara Gordon as Batgirl for Batgirl #1…
On the other hand, it’s written by Gail Simone, with art by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes (good creative team). If you would trust any one writer with the proper handling of Barbara Gordon, wouldn’t it be Gail Simone?
Clever, DC, clever!!!
In fact, DC’s The Source blog has the following statement from Gail Simone on the book:
“Barbara Gordon is pretty much my everything. Because of the Batman TV show, she was the reason I fell in love with superheroes. Because she was a redhead who could kick ass, she is the reason I fell in love with comics. She was always forward-looking as Batgirl, a girl who was smarter than the male characters, who had class and elegance and style, as well as tough-as-nails grit. For a long time, there was simply nothing else like her in comics, and for me and a lot of other readers, her every appearance was joyful and explosive.
For many years, I got to write the character as Oracle, and there is to this day, no character who means more to me. This is classic Barbara as she was originally conceived, with a few big surprises. It’s a bit of a shock, to be sure, but we’re doing everything we can to be respectful to this character’s amazing legacy, while presenting something thrilling that a generation of comics readers will be experiencing for the first time…Barbara Gordon leaping, fighting, and swinging over Gotham. Now, when citizens of that city look up, they are going to see BATGIRL.
And that is absolutely thrilling.”
How can you read that and not be at least a little pumped?
As for Birds of Prey #1, I love the creative team, but it is definitely one of those “have to see it to see how it is being handled” types of books. But really, Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz? Good team.
Really, the only thing I’m worried about now is the rumors that Morrison’s Batman Inc. stuff is going to be cut short. If that’s the case…wow, that’s dumb. There’s no reason Morrison can’t do Batman Inc. with slight reboot stuff (like Dick becoming Nightwing again) factored in.
Over at DC Women Kicking Ass, Sue has some covers from upcoming DC Comics #1s. Apparently, from what I gathered from reading CBR’s message boards, some fans figured out that if you changed the name in the web address for previous covers that DC officially released earlier in the week that you could find other covers, as well.
So this appears to be our first confirmation that DC is, indeed, restarting Detective Comics at #1.
DC has announced their next ten titles (launching with new #1s) and they’re an interesting mixed bag of creators.
Let’s see what we have!
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See, now this is why I can’t really care about re-numbering titles. If it results in us getting a Grant Morrison-penned ongoing Superman title (which, as CBR’s Kiel Phegley reports here, we are), does it matter what the number on the cover of the book is? Great news (if thirteen years after DC should have given Morrison the Superman books. In fact, doesn’t this whole re-numbering thing just basically read as “Oh yeah, we should have just done Morrison/Waid/Millar/Peyer’s thing from thirteen years ago”).